COLA, a national laboratory accreditor and an advocate for quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, has awarded 19 laboratory science students studying at East Coast colleges and universities with a $500 scholarship, for a total of $9,500.
According to a press release from COLA, the COLAcares Scholarship awards stem from COLA’s GiveBack365 initiative. GiveBack365 was designed to foster awareness of careers in the medical laboratory industry and to provide support to aspiring laboratorians.
The 2016 winners are: Anita Rachel Abraham, Rachel Childs, Quy-Hien Riley Dang, Savannah Drake and Kaitlin Pierce (Virginia Commonwealth University); Ayomikun Adebayo (Morgan State University); Kesiena Apojetavwo (Dutchess Community College); Mercedes Brinn (Beaufort County Community College); Hana Chammack (University of Delaware); Yuka Forrest and Sasha Lombardo (Anne Arundel Community College); Seana Fraser (The George Washington University); Morgan Hunsecker (Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences); Deksissa Kejela (University of Maryland); Monica Matamoros (Davidson County Community College); Amanda Stamatelaky (Tidewater Community College); Erin Wambaugh (West Virginia University); Emily Zelger (York College of Pennsylvania); and Ariel Holder (Community College of Baltimore County).
The scholarships are being funded in part through the generosity of industry sponsorships from Carolina Liquid Chemistries and Medica Corporation (Gold Level – $2,500 each) and Merge (Silver Level -$1,500), the press release notes.
COLA established the scholarship program in 2012 to attract more students to the laboratory profession and to create greater awareness of the importance of quality lab practices in the delivery of safe, effective health care.
“COLA and our program sponsors are proud to provide this financial support to these deserving students, each of whom met the scholarship’s exacting criteria demonstrating their success in their respective institution’s Medical Laboratory Science or Technology programs,” said Douglas Beigel, CEO of COLA. “With a projected increase in the number of current laboratory job vacancies in the U.S., these scholarships will help the next generation pursue clinical laboratory science careers. Most important, it will enable them to make a difference in the lives of patients.”
In 2015, COLA awarded $5,000 in scholarships to ten laboratory science students. The laboratory accreditor has also funded a $25,000 endowment to expand the Medical Laboratory Technician program at Howard Community College in Columbia, MD, where the organization’s headquarters are located.