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June 23, 2010

Five young women will enter college this summer with established educational goals focused on healthcare and at least a $2,000 scholarship toward their college education.

      Pictured are Taylor Lawrence, Sara Harling, Kallie Fields, and Hillary Best (not pictured is Haley Currie)

"Scotland Memorial Foundation's scholarship tradition was established with the award of a single scholarship for $1,000 as a way to strengthen our Business and Community Education Partnership with Scotland High School," stated Sybil Dulin, Chairman of the Scholarship Committee. "Through the years we have increased the number of scholarships we award in order to encourage more students to pursue health care careers. Thanks to the Foundation's fundraising efforts at the annual Putting on the Ritz, this year they were able to provide five $2,000 scholarships, a grand total of $10,000. With fifteen applications received this year, we found it very difficult to select our recipients as all of the applicants had excellent grades, outstanding community service work and career plans in the healthcare field."

Kallie Fields, daughter of Andrea and Wayne Fields, received the $2,000 W. R. (Bob) Dulin Memorial Scholarship. Kallie plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with the goal of becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. For the past three years she volunteered at Scotland Health Care System, accumulating 116.5 volunteer hours. She is a member of the National Honor Society, HOSA Club, Anchor Club, Marching Band, participated in Teens Westward Bound and was a student ambassador for "People to People." Kallie says, "I am very excited about the scholarship and will be working in the Cancer Center this summer in order to help supplement the costs of my college education."

Sara Harling, daughter of Leeanne and Paul Harling, was presented the Foundation's $2,000 Merit Based Scholarship. She leaves for the University of South Carolina this fall, with plans to enter the pre-pharmacy program. Sara is also a member of the National Honor Society and the Anchor Club, as well as Founder and President of The Interact Club, which offers service opportunity for peers. She was an Ambassador for Oban Exchange, a NC Senate Page for Senator William Purcell, a Member of Junior Leadership Scotland and a NC Governor's Page. Sara commented, "I am so honored to receive this scholarship. I have always wanted to work in the health care field but never dreamed I would receive a scholarship to help me reach that goal. For the past two years I volunteered at the hospital, assisting the oncology pharmacist in the Cancer Center, which strengthened my desire to study pharmacy." Sara works at the Medicine Shoppe in Laurinburg.

Hillary Best, daughter of Pam and Rick Best, received the Foundation's $2,000 Community Service Scholarship. Hillary is a graduate of Scotland High School's Math, Science & Technology program. With an SAT score over 1500, Hillary's name is now on the school's SAT Wall of Fame. She is a National Honor Society member, a Habitat for Humanity volunteer, a member of Stewartsville Baptist Youth group, and a participant in Teens Westward Bound. This fall Hillary leaves for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she plans to major in pre-pharmacy. "I was very happy to receive this scholarship and I thank the Foundation for selecting me," she commented. It will help pay for my books and tuition my first year at UNC." Hillary works at Harris Teeter this summer to help with the cost of her education.

Haley Currie, daughter of David and Barbara Currie, received the Foundation's $2,000 Merit and Need Based Scholarship. She, too, is a graduate of Scotland High's Health and Science program and plans to attend East Carolina University, majoring in Health Fitness. As with Hillary, Haley's long-term plan includes earning a doctorate in Physical Therapy. Haley served as co-president of the Anchor Club and a member of both the National Honor Society and the Interact Club. "College is so expensive," she stated. "This scholarship will help me and my family a great deal with my expenses. I am really looking forward to starting school this year." Haley works at Reaves Engraving this summer.

Taylor Lawrence, daughter of Debbie and Michael Lawrence, also received the Foundation's $2,000 Merit and Need Based Scholarship. Taylor graduated from Scotland High School's Business, Finance and Marketing program. She now attends Sandhills Community College in a health-care related course of study, with plans to become a Polysonography Technician. Taylor is a National Honor Society member, as well as a member of the marching band for all four years of high school. She served as the co-captain of the March Band Colorguard and Winterguard for two years.

"All five of these girls are incredibly smart and talented," stated Mrs. Dulin. "We are very proud of them and look forward to following them as they continue their education, and hopefully return to Scotland County and Scotland Health Care System to serve our community. Congratulations to each of you for a job well done!"

For further information about Scotland Memorial Foundation, contact Renee Collins, at 910-291-7543.

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