ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Medical Mission has announced its 2016 Student Translator Scholarship recipients.
When the Medical Mission team travels to the Dominican Republic next February, its members will include Leah Remick of Ellsworth High School and Natalie Coleman of Bucksport High School.
Leah, a junior, stated in her application: “I have a passion for anything medical, anything that can help others, and anything that can build on my knowledge.”
Leah is the daughter of Mark Remick of Trenton and Tracy O’Neill of Ellsworth.
Natalie, a senior, not only has a passion for helping others but is fascinated by anatomy and physiology. This will be her first experience traveling to a foreign-speaking country.
Natalie hopes to attend the Coast Guard Academy and dreams of becoming part of a boat or helicopter rescue team. Natalie’s parents are Gerald Coleman of Bucksport and Laurie Coleman of Brooklin.
This is the 18th year of the scholarship program offered to high school juniors and seniors from Hancock County who have had more than two years of Spanish. The scholarship covers travel and mission fees, which currently total about $2,400.
Some of the 30 or so youth who have benefited from this program now work as nurses, nurse practitioners and doctors, and many have gone on to become fluent in Spanish.
The Medical Mission team will provide surgical and other care in Rio San Juan, DR, from Feb. 13-27. Although there are resort areas in the Dominican Republic, Rio San Juan is an economically depressed area. Hospitals in such areas typically accommodate little more than birthing services and the occasional emergency. The in-country host organization is Medical Ministry International of Canada. Slots are open for Spanish translators and for medical professionals interested in a working vacation.
For more information, contact the Hancock County Medical Mission via Facebook or hcmm.homestead.com, or phone Mary Townley at 565-3882 or Mary Offutt at 348-2483.