Staunton grad receives hospital auxiliary scholarship

Staunton grad receives hospital auxiliary scholarship

CARLINVILLE (May 31, 2018) – At its semi-annual dinner meeting on May 7, Carlinville Area Hospital Auxiliary announced that Staunton High School’s Alexis Cox was chosen as the recipient of the organization’s $1,000 college scholarship, which is presented annually to a Macoupin County high school student who has shown exceptional leadership, citizenship and academic excellence in high school and intends to pursue a college degree in the medical field.

Thirty applicants representing every Macoupin County high school submitted the required application, a list of community service and volunteer activities, two letters of recommendation and a one-page essay about their aspirations for a career in medicine. Applicants also had to maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher through their junior year.

“Our 30 applications were a new high for our scholarship program,” said coordinator Karen Lanzerotte. “Our three-person committee read all of the documentation carefully. While all of the applicants deserved consideration, we concluded that Alexis had the best overall qualifications and the best potential for a successful medical career. We’re proud of her and all of our high school applicants.”

Cox announced to the Auxiliary during the meeting that she will attend St. Louis University in the fall and major in biochemistry and public health. “As a little girl, I was fascinated by medicine and how it could cure the sick,” said Cox. “I knew that I wanted to be able to help people and work ‘magic’ on them to make them better. Over the past summer, I had the privilege to travel to the Dominican Republic for a week to work in a hospital. My favorite day of the whole trip was the day I was able to watch [a baby being born]. It was at that exact moment that I knew I wanted to be a pediatric surgeon.”

Cox will receive a check for $500 before starting school this fall and another $500 at the beginning of the second semester if she maintains at least a 3.0 grade-point average.

Applications for the next CAH Auxiliary scholarship will be available at all Macoupin County high schools this fall. The scholarship will again be awarded in the spring of 2019.

Carlinville Area Hospital Auxiliary scholarship program coordinator Karen Lanzerotte presents the organization’s Certificate of Scholarship to Alexis Cox of Staunton High School.