Southeast Georgia Health System Volunteer Services Present Scholarships to Teen Volunteers

June 24, 2021 – Southeast Georgia Health System Volunteer Services recently presented $1,000 scholarship awards to five graduating high school seniors who served as volunteers for the Health System and plan to pursue degrees in the health care field.

The Brunswick Campus Volunteer Services scholarship winners included Emily McDonald, Jaleah Rhett and Courtney Smith. The Camden Campus Volunteer Services scholarship winners included Julia Graison Davis and Aaron Dino.

Emily McDonaldEmily McDonald, a graduate of Brunswick High School, was inspired to go into medicine after witnessing the medical care her mother received. She will attend Sewanee: The University of the South, a liberal arts and sciences college in Tennessee, as a biology major and plans to further her studies in medical school to become an oncologist.

Jaleah RhettJaleah Rhett, also a graduate of Brunswick High School, plans to become a nurse like her inspiration, her mother. She will attend Brewton-Parker College, in Mount Vernon, Georgia, to pursue a career as a neonatal nurse or anesthesiologist assistant.

Courtney SmithGlynn Academy graduate, Courtney Smith, has been fascinated with medicine since the age of six. During her freshman year in high school, she attended a medical camp at Johns Hopkins University and learned how to do an echocardiogram. Afterward, she knew she wanted to become a cardiologist. Smith plans to major in biology in the Pre-medical Pathway at Mercer University.

Julia DavisAfter achieving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at University of Florida, Julia Graison Davis, a graduate of Camden County High School, plans to work in critical care nursing while pursuing a graduate degree as a certified registered nurse anesthetist. As a former teen volunteer, she hopes to be able to give back to students one day as the person being shadowed, encouraging young students like herself.

Aaron DinoAaron Dino, also a graduate of Camden County High School, plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Biology at University of Georgia and then continue his education to become a physician. Aaron is an accomplished pianist and he intends to study how music affects the brain and explore how different forms of music participation affect cognitive development.

The Teen Volunteer program is designed for students, ages 16-18, who enjoy helping others and have a desire to learn more about health care and volunteerism. Graduating high school seniors who served at least 20 hours through the Teen Volunteer program and plan to pursue careers in health care were encouraged to apply for the Volunteer Services scholarships offered at the Brunswick and Camden campuses.

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