Twenty-one outstanding college students have been recognized for their academic achievements with scholarships awarded by the Mary Free Bed Guild.
The Guild has awarded more than $500,000 in scholarships since it established the Minority Scholarship Program in 2006 and the Disability Scholarship Program in 2013. This year, the guild accepted applications from throughout Michigan to support the hospital’s growing statewide network.
The Minority Scholarship Program helps students pursuing degrees in neuropsychology, nursing, orthotics, prosthetics and rehabilitation therapy programs. The Disability Scholarship is for students with physical disabilities related to a brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, limb difference or an acquired or congenital neurological condition treatable through rehabilitation.
In both cases, the goal is to reward high-achieving students and hope they will consider Mary Free Bed when they’re ready to join a workforce dedicated to restoring hope and freedom.
“The Guild is thrilled to help relieve the financial burdens of these inspiring and dedicated students as they purse their educational and career goals,” said guild member Shelley Mishler.
This year, eight of the students selected to receive scholarships are repeat winners.
2019 Mary Free Bed Disability Scholarship Recipients
Ismael Aguirre, Human Resources Management, Davenport University
Garrett Bazany, Physician Assistant, Western Michigan University (former recipient)
Irina Bird, Social Work, Spring Arbor University (former recipient)
Brandon Buxton, Business Information Systems, Western Michigan University (former recipient)
Alexandra Hanlon, Biomedical Science, Grand Valley State University (former recipient)
Lauren Hudson, Special Education, Western Michigan University
Daniel Ostanowski, Cinematic Arts, Compass College of Cinematic Arts
Trenton Timmer, Physician Assistant, Campbell University (former recipient)
Lauren Ziegler, Allied Health Sciences, Grand Valley State University
2019 Mary Free Bed Minority Scholarship Recipients
Christian Aquilar-Quiroz, Occupational Therapy, Grand Valley State University (former recipient)
Maria Garnica, Nursing, University of Michigan – Flint
Rebecca Garza, Nursing, Lansing Community College
Azalia Gonzalez, Occupational Therapy, Davenport University (former recipient)
Tanasia Lovett, Nursing, Grand Rapids Community College
Clifford Lyons Jr., Occupational Therapy, Wayne State University
Jonathan Miguel, Nursing, Grand Valley State University
Jocelyn Mora, Nursing, Grand Rapids Community College
Chris Paclibar, Occupational Therapy, Grand Valley State University
Diana Riley, Nursing, Grand Rapids Community College
Mario Suarez, Physical Therapy, Wayne State University
Josue Vasquez, Nursing, Calvin College (former recipient)
Applications for the 2020-2021 scholarships will be available beginning in January. The deadline to submit them is April 1.