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Mission Health gives out 23 scholarships in memory of Kesha Young

Mission Health awarded their annual Kesha Young Health Careers Scholarship, with the aim of making college more affordable for minority high school seniors and college students from Western North Carolina who are pursuing careers in healthcare. Twenty-three students from around the Western North Carolina region were given scholarships at a ceremony held at Mission Hospital’s Cancer Center.

Chloe Taylor Lambert a Swain County High School graduate was among the winners.

“At Mission Health, we are committed to fostering an inclusive culture where our colleagues can thrive,” said Jorie Matijevich, Regional Vice President of Human Resources at Mission. “The Kesha Young Scholarship helps to strengthen the diversity of our talent pipeline as we continue to expand educational programming and resources to help all of our dedicated colleagues grow.”

Mission colleagues become part of HCA Healthcare’s national network of practices and hospitals, opening doors to opportunities in cities and towns of all different types for our team to consider on their career journey. Mission also offers a number of clinical pathway programs, tuition-reimbursement option, and a student loan repayment program for our benefits-eligible colleagues.

The scholarship is in its 27th year and is named in honor of Kesha Young, a 22-year-old, bi-racial woman who was born with mental and physical disabilities and underwent multiple surgeries at Mission Hospital. Kesha died just months before she was scheduled to earn her high school diploma. Despite being in constant pain and confined to a wheelchair, Kesha was described by her adoptive parents as embodying the characteristics that are vital to how healthcare team members engage with patients, families and visitors, with a strong spirit, warm smile and positive encouragement.

Winners in attendance: Aaliyah Diaz – Mendez, Abigail Pantoja-Ortiz, Aimee Garcia-Bouchot, Arianna Chantel Bah, Chloe Taylor Lambert, Kenia Garcia accepting for Clarisa Sarai Garcia, Cortnee Renae Tate, Devoria Monique Boykins, Judy Felipe De La Cruz, Kamra Lej’eune Harper, Kevin SayidCordero, Nicole Allen, Qiarra Vanee Martin, Salvador Lopez, Tessa Abigail Swepson.

Winners not in attendance: Aracely Castillo, Briana Gee, Brinkley Jadyn Hodshon, Daijah Jae Elliott, Ejustis Ledbetter, Janae Danielle Wofford, N’deye Diakhou Gaye, Yireh N. Vidal-Gonzalez

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