For the last 12 years, Sound Family Medicine has awarded scholarships to future leaders within our community. As an organization who has cared for families in the community for over 30 years, it is a privilege to award $1,000 scholarships this year to five extraordinary high school seniors.
Our only criteria for this award was to demonstrate strong academic performance, a commitment to your community and the desire to pursue a career in the healthcare industry. We received many applications overflowing with outstanding transcripts, impressive lists of extracurricular activities, hundreds of hours of community service, compelling letters of recommendation and heartfelt essays from the students. After hours of reading, we really felt that we got to know these students. We became cheerleaders for them as they shared their dreams. Selecting winners from a group of young adults who already demonstrated so much potential, motivation and dedication was difficult although there were 5 who truly stood out.
It is with great pleasure that we introduce to you our 2016 scholarship winners!
Brittney McDonald, Rogers High School
Brittney is intending to study chemistry or neuroscience this fall at BYU with the intention of attending medical school. In addition to maintaining a 3.88 GPA, Brittney is also involved at her church as a counselor and dedicated hours of community service as a youth camp leader. She was the varsity volleyball captain and has been awarded WIAA Outstanding Scholastic Award and Chemistry Student of the Month.
Mikela Ventura, Puyallup High School
Mikela is intending to study nursing this fall at PLU with the intention of attending medical school. She’s already accomplished so much in her time at Puyallup High School including a 3.73 GPA, leadership in her church, PHS Cheer and MultiCare’s Nurse Camp. She dedicated many hours to her community including the Puyallup Recreation Center’s summer camps.
Tristan Papcun, Bonney Lake High School
Tristan is on a journey to pre-medicine to study radiology. He has already accomplished so much in his time at Bonney Lake High School – excelling in academics, hard work in sports and making a significant commitment to serving his community. We believe that Tristan’s compassion and dedication is going to truly make a difference in our world.
Allison B., Emerald Ridge High School
Allison has a passion for biology and will attending school to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. While maintaining a 3.985 GPA, she also demonstrated leadership as class treasurer as well as co-founding gardening, French and renaissance clubs. She’s the captain of the soccer and cross-country teams while also dedicating endless hours to Metro Animal Services, Key Club, Interact Club, Jag Crew and student tutoring.
Ellise Ward, Sumner High School
Ellise is on a journey to pre-medicine to study diagnostic radiology. During her senior year at Sumner High School, Elise dedicated more than 500 community service hours to her community – that’s the equivalent of 21 continuous days of volunteerism. She has also excelled in school with terrific grades and commitment to sports. Ellise’s compassion and dedication is unstoppable.
Congratulations, class of 2016! We believe that the hard work and dedication you’ve invested in yourselves and your community will continue in your careers following college graduation. Best wishes to you all.