The Medical and Dental Staff at Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center recently held the 29th Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony. The scholarships are awarded to hospital team members and their dependents. This year, 10 individuals each received scholarships in the amount of $3,000. The scholarships were presented by 10 physician honorees.
“It is our honor and privilege to present these 10 students with a scholarship to help them further their education goals,” said Mark D. Sparta, FACHE, president and chief hospital executive, Hackensack University Medical Center and executive vice president, Hackensack Meridian Health. “I am very proud of our medical and dental team members for their participation and dedication to this scholarship program.”
The Medical and Dental Scholarship Awards program began in 1991 by Michael Petriella, M.D., former vice chair of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Hackensack University Medical Center. It was Dr. Petriella’s belief that non-physician team members should be recognized for the work they do and be encouraged to pursue their education. Nearly 300 employees and their dependents have received this scholarship since 1991.
Applicants are judged on their essays, letters of recommendation, transcripts, service to the community and letters of acceptance to colleges, graduate schools or accredited institutions. The awards are funded by dues collected from the physicians of the Hackensack University Medical Center Medical and Dental Staff. In the last 25 years, the scholarships have been named in honor of Hackensack University Medical Center physicians.