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Health First Foundation Awards 12 Scholarships to Local High School Students

ROCKLEDGE, FL (May 14, 2013) – The Health First Foundation recently awarded twelve $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors at eight local high schools who will be pursuing advanced degrees in medical studies at various colleges across the region.

The criteria for scholarship selection included grade point average (GPA), school and community activities, financial need and a written essay by applicants on their career goals and future plans. Fifty-four applications were received and reviewed by the selection committee. Winners are eligible for a second year grant of an additional $1,000 if they continue their studies and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

The scholarship program is made possible by the Foundation’s community fund raising efforts, as well as individual donors who provide financial gifts for named scholarships. Scholarship recipients, their high school and the scholarship awarded are:

Alyssa Cunningham – Satellite High School; Genevieve Brombacher Memorial Scholarship

Rachel Forrest – Viera High School; Alma "Clyde" and J. Edward Field Memorial Scholarship

Haleigh Gerrett – Viera High School; Health First Foundation Scholarship

Christian Kurian – Heritage High School; Health First Foundation Scholarship

Raven Laravea – Viera High School; Marjorie E. Spezzano Scholarship

Kristen Medley – Heritage High School; Health First Foundation Scholarship

Patricia Michaelson – Eau Gallie High School; Health First Foundation Scholarship

Danie Nargi – Merritt Island High School; Vince Spezzano Memorial Scholarship

Saskia Sassine – Bayside High School; Dr. Robert and Patricia Griffin Scholarship

Vashti Shiwmangal – Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy; Dr. Brian P. Gibbons Memorial Scholarship

Lisa Simpkins – Viera High School; Health First Foundation Scholarship

Courtni Thibault – Cocoa High School; Health First Foundation Scholarship

For more information on this program, please call 321-434-7353. Naming opportunities for scholarships are also available for the 2014 school year.

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About Health First

Founded in 1995, Health First is Central Florida’s only fully integrated health system and employs more than 7,500 people and has four hospitals (including Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital, Cape Canaveral Hospital and Viera Hospital). Health First Health Plans also offers a wide variety of health insurance plan options for Brevard and Indian River Counties. In addition, Health First is home to Brevard County’s only Trauma Center. Health First Medical Group is the largest multi-specialty physician group on the Space Coast. Health First offers numerous outpatient and wellness services, including four Pro-Health and Fitness Centers. Visit for more information.