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Auxiliary Announces 2019 Scholarship Winners

June 21, 2019

The Perry Memorial Hospital Auxiliary awarded health career scholarships to five area students at a reception held Thursday, June 20, 2019.  The students were recognized and honored with their families and Auxiliary members present.

Each year, the Auxiliary awards Abbie Jean Gunning Scholarships and the Harold Morine Scholarship.   The Abbie Jean Gunning Scholarship was established to assist students in the pursuit of any health career position, while the Harold Morine Scholarship was founded to support a student pursuing a nursing degree.  The 2019 winners of the Abbie Jean Gunning Scholarships were Tori Bogatitus, Shea Dziurisin, Adrienne Snethen, and Emily Fordham.  Miranda Sorenson was the recipient of the Harold Morine Scholarship.

Tori Bogatitus, of Spring Valley , is a 2019 graduate of Hall High School.   Her plans include attending Bradley University to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy. 

Shea Dzurisin, of Princeton, is a 2019 graduate of Princeton High School.  She will attend Southern Illinois University and study Radiation Science, MRI/CT Technician. 

Adrienne Snethen, of Princeton, is a 2019 graduate of Princeton High School.  Her plans are to attend Illinois Valley Community College to begin her journey towards becoming a Certified Registered Nursing Anesthetist.

Emily Fordham, of Wyanet, is a 2019 graduate of Bureau Valley High School and will pursue her goal of becoming a Speech Pathologist at Northern Illinois University.

Miranda Sorenson, of Princeton, is a 2019 graduate of Princeton High School and plans to pursue her dream of nursing at Illinois Valley Community College.

Criteria for both scholarships includes being a Bureau County Resident, showing academic achievements, financial need and being sincerely interested in the pursuit of a health career.

At the reception, the award for “Volunteer of the Year” was presented by Auxiliary President Jean Welte to Donna Braida.  Jean stated, “She should have received this award many, many years ago.  Donna is more like the volunteer of the past 10 years.”  Jean credited Donna with transforming the Auxiliary Gift Shop into a remarkable store within the hospital.  Last year, the gift shop alone raised more than $4,000 for equipment purchases.

The Perry Memorial Hospital Auxiliary was founded in 1948 and is committed to supporting Perry Memorial Hospital and its mission to provide compassionate, quality health services.  Thousands of dollars of medical equipment are purchased each year with proceeds from the Auxiliary Gift Shop and fundraising events.  The Auxiliary is currently seeking additional members.  For more information about the Perry Memorial Hospital Auxiliary or to print a membership brochure, please visit


Pictured: Susan Lucas, Susan Gorman, Volunteer of the Year Donna Braida, Emily Fordham, Miranda Sorenson, Adrienne Snethen, and Auxiliary President Jean Welte.