Pictured (from left to right): Bill Claustre, Donna Claustre Memorial Scholarship recipient Olivia Wilson, CMH Volunteers Scholarship recipient Lexi Kindall, President of CMH Volunteers Jack Condron.

Inverness, FL — Citrus Memorial Hospital today announced two of its student volunteers have been awarded $1,000 scholarships to further their education in the healthcare industry.

“Our student volunteers have completed their service for the summer of 2019. They volunteered in various departments including the Welcome Desk, Transport, Sterile Processing, Emergency Room and the Surgery area,” said Manager of Volunteer Services Penny Zaphel. “The 29 teenagers have gained valuable experience that will help them in future careers in healthcare and they will certainly be missed.”

Of the 29 student volunteers, two were awarded scholarships:

Citrus Memorial Volunteers Scholarship

Lexi Kindallis the recipient of the $1,000 Citrus Memorial Volunteers Scholarship. Kindall has served in multiple positions at Citrus Memorial for two summers and has also volunteered during the school year. She currently attends the Academy of Health Careers at Crystal River High School and plans to become a nurse.

Donna Claustre Scholarship

This year, CMH Volunteers, Inc set up a special scholarship fund in memory of Donna Claustre. A loyal volunteer at the hospital, Claustre did not wish for friends or relatives to send flowers to her service; instead mourners donated to a scholarship fund for young people attending college to obtain careers in the medical field. Her husband, Bill, ensured her wishes were granted and awarded the $1,000 scholarship to Olivia Wilson. Wilson served as a student volunteer in Surgical Services and the Emergency Room for two summers. She will graduate from high school with both a high school diploma and AA before attending college to become a nurse.

Applications to join the student volunteer program are now being accepted for the summer of 2020. Orientation for students and their parents is slated for April 2020 and students may begin volunteering as soon as school it dismissed for the summer. Applications are available on our website.