Local Students Awarded Scholarships to Pursue Health Careers

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Scholarships totaling $26,400 were awarded to 27 students pursuing their dreams of a healthcare career. Recipients are Springfield residents and Baystate Springfield Educational Partnership (BSEP) alumni who are enrolled in post-secondary education. Nine are currently employed at Baystate Health. (Photo: Rumbila Abdullahi, B.S. speaking at the BSEP scholarship awards ceremony)

Increasing Springfield's Healthcare Workforce

BSEP aims to build an educated healthcare workforce in Springfield that reflects the diversity of the community. It offers hospital-based learning experiences to high school students in Springfield that allows them to explore different careers and prepare for possible internship or employment opportunities.

More than 500 alumni have been hired at Baystate Health since BSEP's inception, primarily in the areas of clinical and administrative support, allied health, nursing, and graduate medical education—and 287 of them are still working there.

Scholarships Help Meet Financial Challenges

Many BSEP students experience a financial barrier to pursuing their higher education goals. BSEP scholarships help them overcome this challenge by providing funding to pay for their post-secondary education. 

BSEP scholarships are funded through Baystate Health's Community Benefits Program which has awarded almost $775,000 to BSEP students and alumni to date.

BSEP Support Goes Beyond Money

One BSEP scholarship recipient, Suraji Omoru who is a graduate student at Brown University, expressed his gratitude for the support provided by BSEP. 

Rumbila Abdullahi Shares Her BSEP Experience

BSEP alumna and former scholarship recipient, Rumbila Abdullahi, shared her story at the ceremony. Last year she took the MCAT, gave birth to her first child, and graduated from Smith College. She is currently a patient care technician at Baystate Medical Center. Read (or listen to) her incredible story on NEPM: Rumbila's Story: Springfield Woman Works to Balance Career Goals, Family And Tradition.

2022 Scholarship Award Recipients

The August 15, 2022 ceremony was attended by awardees and their families. After remarks by Dr. Kevin Hinchey, Chief Education Officer, and Kristin Morales-Lemieux, Chief Human Resources Officer, the scholarship awards were presented by Michael Knapik, Vice President, Government & Community Relations.

Baystate Springfield Education Partnership 2022 Scholarship Recipients

Yarilenny Antonio
Elms College
Career Interest: Physician Assistant
Syllus Kudane
UMass Lowell
Career Interest: Health Sciences
Victoria Auguste
American International College
Career Interest: Registered Nurse
Jillian Lavender
American International College
Career Interest: Registered Nurse
Mekhi Bowen
Westfield State University
Career Interest: Public Safety
Carrissa Le
Elms College
Career Interest: Nursing
Daniela Burgos
Elms College
Career Interest: Registered Nurse
Michelle Lo
Suffolk University
Career Interest: Physician Assistant
Shyan Casey
University of Central Florida
Career Interest: Criminal Justice
Daphne Muhammad
Dartmouth University
Career Interest: Obstetrician/Gynecologist
Machaela Cruz
Brown University
Career Interest: Physician/Neuroscience
Esther Mustapha
UMass Amherst
Career Interest: Family Physician
Michael Denson
Howard University
Career Interest: Dentistry
Tien Nguyen
Springfield College
Career Interest: ED Physician Assistant
Niriani Escalante
Springfield Technical Community College
Career Interest: Sonography
Nadia Nowicki
Davidson College
Career Interest: ICU Physician
Merelyn Galarza
Elms College
Career Interest: Nursing
Suraji Omoru
Brown University
Career Interest: Physician Assistant/Public Health
Lanelle Garcia
UMass Amherst
Career Interest: Psychiatry
Tionne Peart
UMass Amherst
Career Interest: Cardiac Surgeon
Mohamed Hussein
Boston University
Career Interest: Dentistry
Anna-Lee Thompson
Smith College
Career Interest: Medical Research/Physician
Samantha Josephs
Cornell University
Career Interest: Physician/Psychiatry
Krysta Wondolowski
Elms College
Career Interest: Registered Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Laila Kibodya
Northeastern University
Career Interest: Physician/Surgeon
Delphine Zigwati
Brandeis University
Career Interest: Obstetrician/Gynecologist
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