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Health First Foundation Hosts Breakfast for Scholarship Award Winners

ROCKLEDGE, FL (June 5, 2014) – The Health First Foundation recently held a breakfast at Health First Cape Canaveral Hospital in celebration of the 21 scholarship recipients from 13 area high schools.  All the students were awarded $1,000 scholarships and will be pursuing advanced degrees in medical studies at various colleges across the region.

Pictured from L-R Back Row:  Danielle Wells, Sarah Stavros, Melanie Williams, Sebastian Ortero, Allison Schleeper, Rebecca Campbell, Ryan Zinone, Christopher Yanick, Alexandra Knodel, Whitney Sylliac, Romani Wahba and Shelby Dugan. 

Pictured L-R Front Row:  Alexandra Horn, Sevonte Miller and Natasha Humes.

Not Pictured:  Carol Buydos, Courtnie Curry, Haley Gaume, Ellie Hudgins, Jennifer Le and Indiaella Kemm-Piniero.

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. Seventy-three 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 Health First Foundation’s community fund raising efforts, as well as individual donors who provide financial gifts for named scholarships. The following students received named scholarships:

Carol Buydos – Palm Bay High School; Genevieve Brombacher Memorial Scholarship
Danielle Wells – Cocoa High School; Dr. Thomas Garell Memorial Scholarship
Sebastian Ortero – Viera High School; Marjorie E. Spezzano Scholarship
Ryan Zinone – Melbourne Central Catholic High School; Vince Spezzano Memorial Scholarship
Alexandra Knodel – Holy Trinity High School; Dr. Robert and Patricia Griffin Scholarship
Haley Gaume –Melbourne Central Catholic High School; Dr. Brian P. Gibbons Memorial Scholarship
Ellie Hudgins – Rockledge High School; Shirley Ann Lopez Memorial Scholarship
Indiaella Kemm-Piniero – Merritt Island High School; Bruce A. Mochwart Scholarship (JROTC)

The following students received Health First Foundation Scholarships:

Whitney Sylliac– Bayside High School
Sara Stavros – Cocoa Beach High School
Romani Wahba – Cocoa Beach High School
Christopher Yanick – Cocoa Beach High School
Courtnie Curry– Eau Gallie High School
Natasha Humes – Eau Gallie High School
Alexandra Horn – Edgewood High School
Rebecca Campbell – Melbourne High School
Melanie Williams – Melbourne High School
Jennifer Le– Palm Bay High School
Sevonte Miller – Rockledge High School
Shelby Dugan – Satellite High School
Allison Schleeper – Viera High School

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

About Health First
Founded in 1995, Health First is Central Florida’s only fully integrated delivery network (IDN) and employs more than 7,800 people. The integrator of its IDN is Health First Health Plans offering a wide variety of health insurance options across Central Florida. In addition it operates four hospitals (Cape Canaveral Hospital, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital and Viera Hospital) and 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 also offers numerous outpatient and wellness services, including Health First Aging Services, four Health First Pro-Health and Fitness Centers and Home and Hospice care. Visit for more information.