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Recipients of new scholarship selected by PHH

Posted: Friday, May 24, 2019

A pharmacy student from Huntington and a mother of two pursuing an occupational therapy assistant degree at Huntington University are the first two recipients of a new scholarship funded through Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Karmen Koch, Huntington, a student at Butler University, and Sheena Hicks, of Waterloo, who is completing her first semester at Huntington University, each will receive $1,500 Parkview Huntington Spirit of Service scholarships. They were selected for the awards by a review panel that included representatives of the hospital, the Parkview Huntington Foundation board of directors, the hospital’s volunteer corps, and the community.

The Spirit of Service Scholarship is funded by a gift to the hospital, through the foundation, by the former Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild. The Guild, which ceased operations in 2018, had managed a scholarship program of its own for many years. Huntington County high school seniors or residents, along with students at Huntington University, pursuing degree programs in a healthcare-related field are eligible for Spirit of Service scholarships.

Hicks, who has spent 13 years in healthcare with a physician’s office staff, commutes to her classes at Huntington from her home in DeKalb County. She is a full-time student who is also minoring in psychology.

Koch is working toward her doctor of pharmacy degree at Butler. She is a 2018 graduate of Huntington North High School, where she had become a certified nursing assistant by the time she graduated. She is a member of Butler’s track team and is involved in both the university’s student leadership development program and as a math tutor at an Indianapolis middle school as part of a community outreach program.

“We had a wonderful group of candidates to consider for this scholarship,” said Mike Perkins, director, Parkview Huntington Foundation. “And we had both traditional and non-traditional students represented. The selection committee had a tough job narrowing the field to two.”

For additional information on the scholarship, contact Mike Perkins, director, Parkview Huntington Foundation, at or by contacting him at (260) 355-3316.

Shown in the photo at left is Karmen Koch, as she receives her Spirit of Service Scholarship. Presenting the scholarship is Mike Perkins, director of the Parkview Huntington Foundation. At right, Sheena Hicks is shown receiving her scholarship from Perkins. Both scholarships were for $1,500.