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September 28, 2013

Dinner will recognize scholarship winners

JOHNSTOWN — An upcoming awards event will present scholarship money to local students to help them further their education.

This year, the annual Apollo Awards Dinner will recognize winners of $40,000 in scholarships for students studying in health care-related fields.

The change from one to three recipients was announced earlier in the year by the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, along with the Cambria County Medical Society, Lee Initiatives, Conemaugh Health System and Windber Medical Center, who are all co-sponsors of the event.

For the 13th year, the program will recognize the involvement of the medical community in supporting and improving the quality of life in the region.

“The mission of the Apollo Scholarships is to bring talented young doctors back to Cambria and Somerset counties after they graduate,” said Carol Stern, director of donor services for the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies.

Apollo Scholarships are awarded annually through the Community Foundation’s Medical Community Endowment Fund to students who express interest in returning to practice medicine in the area.

The dinner also will recognize the winners of the Lee Auxiliary’s Emily Lee Scholarship, which is awarded to those students pursuing a major in a health care field.

The Apollo Scholarship recipients – each receiving a $10,000 scholarship – are:

• Steven Tucker, a third-year medical student at Penn State College of Medicine. He is the son of Steve and Judy Tucker.

• Nikhita Dharbhamulla, a third-year medical student at Jefferson Medical College. She is the daughter of Dr. Venkata and Dr. Anwadha Dharbhamulla.

• Alexander Pozun, a third-year medical student at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is the son of Gerald and Ruth Pozun.

The Emily Lee Scholarship winners, who each will receive a $1,000 scholarship, are Matthew Holtz, Diane Karshin, Paige Lamberson, Nathan Lester, Adam Lichvar, Sierra Mallory, Kristin Powell, Kendra Slis, Kayla Uveges and Vickie Warrick.

In addition, three doctors will be honored at the dinner for their service to the community: Dr. Magdi Azer, Dr. Loretta Opila and Dr. Jagdish Patel.

The Apollo Awards will be held Oct. 21 at Sunnehanna Country Club, 1000 Sunnehanna Drive in Westmont.

The reception and cash bar begin at 6:30 p.m., with the dinner to follow at 7.

Reservations are required by Oct. 13.

For more information, call Anne McGrath at 536-7741 or email at amcgrath@cfalleghenies.org.

Kelly Urban is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/KellyUrban25.

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