Medical Center, Navicent Health awards scholarships to teenage volunteers

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Medical Center, Navicent Health is thanking its teenage volunteers for their countless hours of service.

The hospital awarded three scholarships to the top students who logged the most time during its Teen Volunteer Program. The group of 22 students spent six months working at the hospital and volunteered for almost 1,500 hours.

Tarzalyn Outlaw won a $1,000 college scholarship. She says her favorite part of the program was putting a smile on patients’ faces.

“I know that I can do something for everyone and I would like to just do it and show that I care,” Outlaw said.

Neha Patel and Nikayla Bentley each won a $500 scholarship. They say volunteering was good practice for their future careers.

“When I get older I want to be a doctor so I thought it would be fun to see the experience first hand,” Patel said.

“Touching people’s lives and making a difference in people’s lives,” Bentley said.

Navicent Health’s CFO Rhonda Perry says it is good to see a young group of people who care.

“It’s just wonderful to see that kind of enthusiasm from teenagers [who are] really looking to give back to their community,” Perry said.

Now they are taking the next step toward their future in the healthcare industry.

The three students who won the scholarships are seniors. They all plan to go to college and study medicine.

Applications for the 2016 Teen Volunteer Program are available through September 30. The program helps teens with required volunteer hours for school credit. It requires teens be at least 16 years old and volunteer after school during the week. For more information, call (478) 633-1353.