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Hospital Auxiliary scholarship helps student succeed

Posted: April 11, 2014 2:43 p.m.
Updated: April 14, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Allison Hill is a 21st century woman embarking on a promising future in nursing with an assist from women who were born in the nineteenth century.

When Allison -- a KershawHealth volunteer since she was 14 years old -- began her college studies at Lander College last fall, she stood on the shoulders of women who worked tirelessly and selflessly to arrive at that moment -- that moment they would never see -- when a very special young woman entered training for a lifetime of service with a scholarship in hand from the organization they began more than 100 years ago.

At a meeting in her Camden home in February 1912, Mrs. John W. Corbett suggested an organization to raise funds toward the building and equipment of a fledgling Camden hospital. That call to service more than 100 years ago gave birth to what is now known as the Hospital Auxiliary of KershawHealth. Corbett would have been pleased to know that her vision for local healthcare resulted in scholarships for deserving Kershaw County students like Allison.

The Auxiliary achieves its annual goals through an ambitious list of projects. The largest and most popular Auxiliary event -- the annual autumn golf tournament -- is now in its 25th consecutive year. The Hospital Auxiliary has set September 4 as the date for its 2014 golf tournament. Proceeds from the Captain’s Choice tourney will help launch the careers of future nurses and other medical professionals who will continue the work of women from a century long past.

Hill and other Auxiliary scholarship recipients represent a varied demographic. They are male and female, young and mature. Some enter college directly from high school. Many are working students returning to school after years in the work force.

"They reflect the best of our community. They are caring individuals who envision a life of service and demonstrate a determination to fulfill that goal. The Auxiliary is privileged to be part of their journey," said Mary Clark, Auxiliary president.

(Story and photo provided by Hospital Auxiliary)

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