Each year the volunteer auxiliary at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota awards scholarships to local high school students who want to pursue a career in healthcare. This year, 11 students from six area high schools were awarded more than $40,000 in scholarships. "This is one of the most important activities of the auxiliary. Healthcare is an important industry, so it is inspiring and rewarding to be able to help these students as they start the next chapter of their lives and education," said Jef Friton, President of the Auxiliary.

The auxiliary and scholarship fund were both established in 1967. Since its inception, the group has awarded more than one million dollars in scholarships to local students. The money is raised through sales at the hospital gift shop, fundraising and donations. Receiving scholarships this year:

  • Caleb Walton - North Port High School
  • Cynthia Aguilera - Suncoast Polytechnical High School
  • Kayla Escobar - Riverview High School
  • Gabriella Hernandez
  • Ryan Measel - Pine View High School
  • Delaney Smith
  • Valeria Agudelo - Sarasota Military Academy
  • Valeria Garcia
  • Perla Gimenez
  • Olivia Boczniewiez - Venice High School
  • Natalie Olendar