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Hospital foundation awards scholarships

The Carroll Hospital Center Foundation has announced the awarding of scholarships worth $10,000 combined to six Carroll County residents.
Established by supporters of the hospital, the scholarships were presented July 23 during a reception in The Women's Place at Carroll Hospital Center. Close to 30 people attended, including the scholarship awardees, their family members, benefactors, Carroll Hospital Center executive team members and members of the committees responsible for choosing the awardees.
The Libman Nursing Scholarship was awarded to Lauren Ciepiela, of Hampstead, and Ashley Poe, of Westminster. They received $2,000 each to cover tuition, books and fees at Carroll Community College for their pursuit of a degree as a registered nurse.
This scholarship, established in 2003 by Frank Herbert Libman, is awarded each year to Carroll County residents pursuing a nursing degree at Carroll Community College.
The Scholarship for Dependents of Associates was awarded to Jacob Harple, of Westminster. He received $2,000 toward his studies at Penn State University, where he will be pursuing a degree in civil engineering in the fall.
The scholarship was established in 2006 with an initial gift of $30,000 from Dr. and Mrs. Michael Kane and is awarded to children of employees at Carroll Hospital Center or its affiliates. Harple is the son of Amy (Harple) Krohn, an administrative assistant at Carroll Hospital Center.
The Physician of Indian Origin Scholarship was awarded to registered nurse Melissa Zahn, of Hampstead, and Jennifer Hudgins, of Hanover, Pa. Zahn, who was awarded the scholarship for a second consecutive year, received a $750 check toward her studies at the University of Phoenix, where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Hudgins, who was unable to attend the reception, will also receive a $750 check toward her tuition, as she pursues her nursing degree at Harrisburg Area Community College.
The Physician of Indian Origin Scholarship was launched in 2008 with gifts pooled together from various physicians affiliated with Carroll Hospital Center, including Drs. Binu Chacko, Dinesh Kalaria, Natvarlal Rajpara, Suresh Sidh and Sushma Sidh, and Kiran and Radhika Kuna.
The Virginia Minnick Auxiliary Scholarship for dependents of associates was awarded to John Richards, of Westminster, son of Carroll Hospital Center's director of volunteer services Mary Richards. A junior volunteer at the hospital for four years, John received $2,500 toward his studies at Virginia Military Institute.
The scholarship was started by longtime Carroll Hospital Center Auxiliary member Virginia Shipley Minnick, who allocated $50,000 from her estate to establish the scholarship.
"We are extremely thankful to our hospital supporters for establishing these scholarships to assist future generations in the pursuit of an advanced education and becoming vital members of our community," said John Sernulka, Carroll Hospital Center CEO.