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June 6, 2001

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Kitty Clements Remembered with Scholarship

Longtime member Kitty Clements is being remembered by the Kent & Queen Anne's Hospital Auxiliary with the creation of a scholarship program that bears her name, the Katherine "Kitty" Anthony Clements Scholarship. The scholarship is intended to assist individuals seeking an associate degree or a certificate to become health care providers in a field necessary to meet the workforce needs of the hospital.

Applicants should be planning to pursue careers in areas such as nursing, surgical technology, radiology or medical laboratory work. The program will fund a student's education in exchange for working a pre-determined length of service at the hospital while maintaining a grade point average of 2.5. A recipient may receive up to $5,000 over two years; funds may be used to for pay tuition, fees and books.

Clements, a Kingstown resident, was a devoted volunteer who supported several organizations in the community. She served the auxiliary as president and held many other offices and chairmanships during her long association with the group. At the time of her death she was an active in-house volunteer giving time each week to help the hospital staff.

Marie Rypka, current auxiliary president, noted, "We are pleased to honor Kitty with a program that will benefit community health care services and help individuals enhance their careers. She was a devoted supporter of both the auxiliary and the hospital. As a volunteer she contributed hundreds of hours and did much to strengthen the organization through her leadership."
To launch the program, the auxiliary pledged $50,000 from its 2001 Christmas Shop fund raiser and the hospital contributed an additional $10,000. Scholarships will be offered annually as long as funds are available.

Those wishing to be considered for the program must provide proof of acceptance into an approved educational program, submit an essay describing why he or she should be chosen and complete interviews with hospital staff members. Students applying for the program should be Delmarva residents. Primary consideration will be given to current hospital employees.

Applications will be accepted until July 15 with recipients being announced by August. Detailed information and applications are available from the Human Resources Department of Kent & Queen Anne's Hospital located at 100 Brown Street, Chestertown, or by calling Leslie Stack at (410) 778-3000, extension 4006.