Tampa Bay/Hudson, FL - Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point proudly announces that its Volunteer Association recently presented four $2,000 scholarships to graduating seniors in Pasco County. The scholarships were presented by the Volunteer Association's Scholarship Committee at a reception on Saturday, May 14, 2016. The scholarship recipients are as follows:

Vaibhav GandhI who is graduating from Gulf High School with a 4.5 GPA. He has volunteered 695 merit hours/350 actual hours and has been a courier for two years and nine months. Janis Edman, International Baccalaureate chair at Gulf High School, says "Vaibhav is a quietly intelligent young man with extremely high expectations of excellence, poised at a maturity and confidence level beyond his years." Heather Legrand, his science teacher, says, "He is able to apply his natural gifts in a range of applications, and I ultimately see him really making a difference in society." As an IB student, Vaibhav is also involved in the Interact Club. He is the vice president in the National English Honor Society. He is secretary of the National History Honor Society; historian of the National Spanish Society; a member of the National Honor Society. He is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America where he is Parliamentarian. He holds memberships in a wide range of other leadership positions too numerous to mention. Vaibhav will be attending the University of Florida in the fall of 2016 to pursue his goal of becoming a physician.

Felicia Kirsch is a 4.0975 graduate from Fivay High School. She has volunteered for three years and ten months at Welcome Center A and as a courier. She has a total of 498.36 merit hours and 474.52 base hours. Her mathematics teacher, Anthony Davis, says, "Aside from being an excellent honors pre-calculus student, Felicia displays good choices ranging from interacting and redirecting peers to do the right thing or start given tasks, re-explaining or asking them guiding questions, a very impressive self taught skill." Felicia is a member of the National Honor Society, Falcon Friends, Rho Kappa Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Honors Society. She has served as secretary of the Student Council, president and vice president of the Student Body and president of the Interact Club. Felicia says, "When people ask me now where I see myself in the future I say 'It's simple…I see myself fresh out of college, I'll be a nurse practitioner specializing in pediatrics and hopefully I'll be traveling the world to different third world countries where I can practice medicine and make a difference in someone's life.'" Felicia will be attending the University of Central Florida to pursue her goals as a nurse practitioner specializing in pediatrics.

Nidhi Patel has 189 hours and 377 merit hours. She has volunteered as a courier at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for over two years. Her Spanish teacher, Clara Rodriquez, states that Nidhi as a student at Gulf High School in the International Baccalaureate Program for high performing students, "has outstanding organizational skills with a 3.9047 grade point average. She is able to successfully complete multiple tasks." Tiffany Burkette, her school Counselor, praises her hard work, diligence and humility, "Her altruistic spirit and work ethic will greatly benefit her as she pursues her career," she added. Nidhi is active in her school and community through her memberships in various organizations such as the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, History Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Interact Club, Leo Club, Astronomy Club and Melting Pot Club where serves as treasurer. Nidhi plans on attending Nova Southeastern University to pursue her career as a physician.

Alyssa Rutman is graduating from Fivay High School with a 4.511 grade point average. She has volunteered 468.37 actual and 488.32 merit hours as Welcome Center A courier since 2013. She is regarded as someone that everyone can count on. Alyssa's teach, Anthony E. Davis, stated that "She is an exceptional student - always helpful, friendly, and kind to everyone. She has consistently helped others through the National Honor Society tutoring program." Alyssa is a member of Mu Alpha Theta, the National Math Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, a college level National Honor Society, Phi Theta Lamba, a college level Future Business Leaders of America, Rho Kappa, a history honor society. She is not only a member of the National Honor Society but is sports-minded in varsity basketball, softball and swimming and diving. Alyssa is currently enrolled as a student at PHSC working towards a Bachelor of Science in nursing. She has accumulated enough college credits to be awarded her Associate of Science in nursing this summer. Alyssa plans to continue her education at Pasco-Hernando State College to pursue her career as either a nurse anesthetist or an anesthesiologist. Alyssa says, "I am much closer to having my dream job, which was discovered all thanks to volunteering at RMCBP."

In making the awards, volunteer manager Donna Owen stated, "I want to take a moment to thank the parents/guardians for their support and efforts for allowing their children to serve here at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. I know this is a big undertaking on your part to see that they get here and we appreciate it."

ATTACHED PHOTO: Scholarship winners pose with their award certificates. Left to right: Nidhi Patel, Vaibhav Ghandi, and Alyssa Rutman. Not pictured: Felicia Kirsch