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Nursing Scholarship Winners Announced: Six Local High School Seniors Awarded

Unity Health System is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2009 Unity Nursing Scholarship.

The scholarship is funded by a Unity Health Foundation donor to support nursing education, and to assist students in our community in their pursuit of nursing (R.N.) degrees. The scholarship recipients each receive $1,000 to use towards their education:

• Tatyana Chiley, Hilton High School; will be attending Monroe Community College
• Natalie Colon, Dr. Freddie Thomas High School; will be attending Monroe Community College
• Brittney Johnson, Churchville-Chili High School; will be attending Daemon College
• Lauren Mueller, Spencerport High School; will be attending SUNY Brockport
• Robyn Reis, Greece Athena High School; will be attending Nazareth College
• Yeira Liz Rodriguez, Franklin High School; will be attending St. John Fisher College

“We’re happy to help our local students on their path to obtain nursing degrees,” said Candace Smith, vice president of Nursing/ Patient Care Services, CNO, at Unity Hospital. “We applaud the effort all the entrants put into their applications, as well as the many things they’ve accomplished while in high school.”

Smith noted that there are many opportunities for local students to be introduced to working in the health care setting at Unity, but this is the first time Unity is offering financial assistance to local high school students.

The winners were selected based on their school and community activities, reference letters, and a 100-word essay on why they decided to pursue nursing.

The 2009 Unity Nursing Scholarship winners will be honored at a reception on Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 p.m. at Unity Hospital.


Unity Health System provides a complete network of health care services from the Unity Park Ridge Hospital Campus in the town of Greece, the Unity St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester, and at numerous other sites throughout Rochester and western Monroe County. Services include inpatient and outpatient hospital care and surgery, a family birth place, women’s health services, chemical dependency and mental health, physical medicine and rehabilitation, adult day health and home health programs for older adults, retirement communities, child care, and laboratory services, among many others.