The Morris Hospital Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2012 Hugo Avalos Endowed Scholarship. They are Taylor Aldridge of Minooka, Elizabeth Cacello of South Wilmington, Stacey McGuan of Coal City and Kathleen Ulivi of Mazon.
The scholarship was established as a tribute to the late Dr. Hugo Avalos, a beloved physician who practiced in the Morris and Seneca areas for more than 40 years.
To qualify for the award, candidates must be enrolled in an accredited medical school, nurse practitioner or physician assistant program,and reside in the state of Illinois.
The recipients each received a $1,000 award and were selected by a team of seven physicians based on their academic performance, character and community service.
Preference was given to students who currently reside in or have resided in the Morris Hospital service area, as well as those with military, Peace Corps or service learning experience.
The physicians who assisted with the selection included Dr. James Allen, Dr. Dana Howd, Dr. Ben Johnston, Dr. Beatriz Setrini, Dr. Peter Roumeliotis, Dr. David Vermillion and Dr. John Roth.
The Hugo Avalos Scholarship is an endowed scholarship, meaning the Morris Hospital Foundation uses the interest earned on the fund to award scholarships annually, leaving the principal intact so funds will always be available.
The fund reached the $100,000 endowed level in 2010 as a result of contributions from Grundy Bank, where Dr. Avalos served as a board member for many years, as well as gifts from his family, friends and many physicians on the Morris Hospital medical staff.
Applications for the 2013 Hugo Avalos Endowed Scholarship are now available online at the website www.morrishospital.org/foundation or in Human Resources at Morris Hospital.