Caldwell, ID — West Valley Medical Center recently awarded its annual Allied Healthcare Scholarship to four local students. These funds are earmarked for their education in the health care field. This year's scholarship recipients are:

  • Michael Adams is a Caldwell resident completing his doctorate in Pharmacy and his Masters of Business Administration at Idaho State University. Adams received a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Sydney Branstetter graduate of Middleton High School will begin studies in nursing at Idaho State University this fall. Branstetter received a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Desirae Hernandez graduate of Caldwell High School will begin studies in health sciences at Idaho State University this fall. Hernandez received a $1,000 scholarship.
  • Kristen Morse graduate of Parma High School will begin studies in pharmacy this fall at Idaho State University. Morse received a $1,000 scholarship.

The Allied Healthcare Scholarship is open annually to students who attended local high schools in Owyhee or Canyon counties and/or currently reside in the hospital's service area. Students must be currently attending or plan to attend a college/university in the southwest Idaho or eastern Oregon area to pursue an associate or bachelor's degree in an allied health care program.

Scholarship criteria is focused on academic performance and interest in an allied health field. Students must demonstrate a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher and agree to allow the hospital an opportunity to recruit them for employment upon completion of their degree. However, no work commitment is required.