New scholarship named for Memorial employee
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[May 17, 2012]
-- Leonia Cole, a surgical
technologist at Memorial Medical Center for more than 55 years, was
recognized on May 3 for her contributions to the careers of residents, other
surgical technologists and nurses with the establishment of the Leonia Cole
Surgical Technologist Scholarship Fund.
The fund, which will be administered
by the Memorial Medical Center Foundation, will award a grant of
$2,500 to a qualified candidate pursuing an associate degree in
surgical technology at Lincoln Land Community College.
Cole began her career at Memorial
on Jan. 26, 1954, as a nursing assistant. After 15 years, she was
promoted to surgical technologist following completion of Memorial's
first on-the-job training program for surgical technology.
"Leonia's dedication and commitment
to helping others learn is exemplary," said Dave Joerger,
administrator for Memorial's surgery department.
To apply for the scholarship,
applicants must complete an educational grant application and the
Leonia Cole Surgical Technologist Scholarship application, which are
available by visiting
MemorialCareers.com and clicking on the link to the
Educational Assistance page. The application and all supporting
documentation must be turned in by June 1. For more information,
call 217-757-2125 or email