This year’s three recipients of the Pinellas Park Medical District Scholarships include two St. Petersburg College students. The 2018 winners are Tanya Lopez, Shahed Hmeidan and Brandy McCowan.
Each year, the Pinellas Park Medical District awards scholarships to civic-minded students seeking health care degrees at an institution in the city of Pinellas Park. The awards are based on merit, accomplishment and community-minded efforts. Dr. Daniel Strauss, Chairman of the Pinellas Park Medical District and Dean of the National University of Health Sciences, developed this scholarship award in 2016, in partnership with the Pinellas Park Chamber of Commerce. Strauss said that an important element of the scholarship is that applicants are required to have either done community service in the area or propose an initiative that would help people.
“We consider it a think tank for creative ideas,” Strauss said. “Sometimes you get the best ideas from outside the box.”
Lopez, who was awarded a $2500 scholarship, is a St. Petersburg College student working towards a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Services Administration. She is a full-time student, mother, wife and serves in the Army National Guard, in addition to her time donated at All Children’s Hospital and St. Petersburg General Hospital.
McCowan is also an SPC student working on her associate degree in Health Sciences. She was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
The award winners attended the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber breakfast meeting on July 19 for the award presentation, and they are also invited to attend the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce Inaugural Gala in January to share details of their health initiatives.
Strauss said this year’s winners really rose to the top of numerous applications.
“They stood apart by their dedication and the amount of time they donate to non-profit organizations,” he said.
Lopez, a full-time student, works part time, said she was surprised and happy to win the award.
“I feel so grateful, because it really helps out with the bills and my tuition, as well,” she said. “This degree will help me get a higher management position in the field I love: healthcare.”
This scholarship is partially supported by the community. To find out how to donate, just visit the Pinellas Park Chamber of Commerce’s website.