West Valley Medical Center Auxiliary has announced the recipients of this year's Auxiliary Scholarships totaling $5,000. The local students listed below received scholarships to help cover the costs of their education in the medical field. 

  • Seth Babbel received $2,000. He graduated from Vallivue High School and will be attending Idaho State University this fall.
  • Isabella Reyes of Caldwell received $2,000. She graduated from Bishop Kelly High School and will be attending Pepperdine University this fall.
  • Owen Bowers received $1,000. He graduated from Vallivue High School and will be attending the College of Western Idaho this fall.

Funds for these scholarships are raised through sales and fundraisers at the West Valley Medical Center Gift Shop.

The Auxiliary Scholarship offers two or more scholarship awards to students enrolled in healthcare degree programs, such as nursing, medical technology (lab), medical records, radiology/imaging, respiratory therapy, pharmacy, etc. Scholarship amounts and funding are subject to approval on an annual basis and will be based on committee recommendation. Students who accept scholarships from West Valley Medical Center agree to give the hospital an opportunity to recruit them for employment upon completion of their degree; however, no work commitment is required.

The Auxiliary is a not-for-profit entity. It has a Board of Directors that is responsible for the day-to-day operations. The board provides the hospital with an organization that can receive donations. Through the operation of the Gift Shop, donations and fundraisers, the Auxiliary provides:Newborn care items, hospital equipment, and community projects.