Ascension Mercy Hospital Scholarship Winners
We award several scholarships annually to student volunteers in the area of service. Learn more about our scholarship recipients below.
Harry Zhang - Natalie Bolin Scholarship Recipient
By Clara Hewins, Field Placement Student
Congratulations to Harry Zhang for being this year’s recipient of the $1,000 Natalie Kate Bolin Scholarship. The Natalie Kate Bolin Mercy Student Volunteer Scholarship Award was created by the family of Natalie Kate Bolin, a former Mercy student volunteer, in memory of her beautiful spirit and life. The Scholarship is administered by the Mercy Health Foundation. Criteria for this scholarship are the awardee is to be an Oshkosh West High School graduating senior and a Mercy Hospital Volunteer, in good standing, with the highest amount of volunteer hours. The student must also be planning to attend a technical school or university.
Harry has been a volunteer at Ascension Mercy Hospital assisting in Errands since 2016 where he has dedicated 190 hours of service. Harry is a senior at Oshkosh West and will be attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities to study computer science. When Harry isn’t volunteering he can be found performing in his school’s marching band and competing with the swim team. Harry also enjoys reading outside of school and performing with the Oshkosh Youth Symphony.
When asked what he likes best about volunteering, Harry said he enjoys being able to help others and make their lives a little bit easier. He also enjoys working with the professional staff at Mercy. If Harry were to give any advice to future volunteers it would be to not be afraid to ask questions, to be professional, and to stick to your commitment! Harry would also like to thank Ascension Mercy Hospital for giving him the opportunity to be a volunteer for the past four years.
Harry is a senior at Oshkosh West and will be attending the University of Wisconsin at Madison to study computer science.
Grace Munig – MHV Volunteer Scholarship Recipient
By Anna Scheibe, Field Placement Student
Congratulations to Grace Munig, this year’s recipient of the $500 MHV Volunteer Scholarship. The scholarship is funded through a Mercy Health Foundation endowment established by the Mercy Hospital Volunteers (MHV). Criteria for this scholarship are that the awardee is to be a high school graduating senior and a Mercy Hospital Volunteer, in good standing, with a high amount of volunteer hours. The student must also be planning to attend a technical school or university.
Grace began volunteering at Mercy Hospital in 2016 when she had heard about the opportunity through her church. She thought this would be a fun place to volunteer and learn how a hospital functions as she hopes to one day work in the hospital setting. She has dedicated over 277 hours of service in Errands along with shadowing in other areas.
Grace will be graduating from Oshkosh North High School. She has been involved there in the Polaris National Honor Society, Hispanic National Honor Society, Ski Club, Link Crew, and as a member of the gifted and talented art program. Grace also enjoys traveling, skiing, reading, and cooking. What Grace has appreciated most about volunteering is interacting with the patients and staff. She plans to pursue a career in the medical field as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.
Grace is honored to receive this scholarship which will help her fund her schooling. Grace plans to attend the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in the fall where she will study Nursing. Grace’s advice to any future volunteers would be to take any opportunities given to you and keep an open mind as you never know how you may be making a difference in someone’s life.
Claire Chier – Wilma Ritsema Scholarship Recipient
By Clara Hewins, Field Placement Student
Claire Chier is the 2020 recipient of the $500 Wilma Ritsema Scholarship. Al Ritsema created this fund within the Mercy Health Foundation to annually award students in honor of his wife, Wilma. Al and Wilma were both very active volunteers at Mercy. Wilma took on many volunteer roles as well as serving as president of the Mercy Medical Center Auxiliary. In total, she provided over 5,000 hours of volunteer service. Criteria for this scholarship are that the awardee is to be a high school graduating senior and a Mercy Hospital Volunteer, in good standing, with a high amount of volunteer hours. The student must also be planning to attend a technical school or university.
Claire began volunteering at Mercy Hospital in 2016 after she heard about the fun experiences her sister and friends were having as volunteers. Since then, she has dedicated over 170 hours of service to ER Reception, the Information Desk, and Errands. Claire will be graduating from Oshkosh Lourdes Academy where she has participated in a wide range of activities including volleyball, golf, student council, rotary club, chemistry club, and participating in the pit orchestra for the musical. Claire has enjoyed interacting with patients and staff at Mercy and plans to pursue a career in the medical field.
Claire is honored to receive this scholarship which will help her fund her schooling. Claire plans to attend Fordham University in New York where she will be majoring in Chemistry. Claire’s advice to any future volunteers would be to stay open minded and not limit yourself.