Memorial Hospital Announces Burdonne Young Scholarship Recipients

The Memorial Hospital Foundation has announced the winners of the 2017 Burdonne Young Scholarships. The scholarships are named in honor of the late Burdonne Young, former nurse for Memorial for over 50 years. These scholarships are awarded annually to dependents of Memorial employees who will be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at a college or university in the Fall of 2017 or are currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at a college or university.

Memorial Hospital Foundation selects six candidates to receive the Burdonne Young Scholarships. The Scholarships are made possible by Memorial employees who donated funds through the Foundation Employee Campaign to the Burdonne Young Scholarship Fund.

Thank you to those who have made it possible for the following six students to move forward in their education:

Madeline Appel is the daughter of Julie Appel, Clinical Dietitian. Madeline attended Gulfport High School where she attained a 3.98 GPA and scored a 29 on the ACT. She plans to attend the University of Mississippi in the Fall majoring in Exercise Science. While at Gulfport High School, Madeline was the Student Body President, a member of the Student Council, National Honor Society and several other student and church organizations. Madeline said, “I have longed to dedicate my work to tending to others’ needs through the medical field my entire life and am very excited to finally begin the long and strenuous journey into achieving this goal.”

Amanda “Taylor” Chambliss is the daughter of David Chambliss, Clinical Coordinator of Radiology. Taylor attends Mississippi State University majoring in Kinesiology – Clinical Exercise Physiology and maintains a 4.0 GPA. She also scored a 32 on her ACT. Taylor is a member of MSU SA Health & Wellness Committee, MSU SA Public Relations Committee, MSU Campus Crusades and many other student organizations. Taylor said, “I work every day at Mississippi State to achieve the best possible tools and knowledge for my future success as a health care professional.”

Virginia “Madison” King is the stepdaughter of Heather King, Business Office Representative, Gastrointestinal. Madison attends the University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg campus majoring in Nursing and maintains a GPA of 3.68. She also scored a 28 on her ACT. Madison is a USM College of Nursing Ambassador, USM Nursing Class of 2018 Secretary, member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and many other student organizations. Madison said, “I want to make a positive difference in the hospital I work, in the patients and families lives and in the nursing profession.”

Aaron H. Mallette is the son of Michael Mallette, Coordinator Informatics Education, and Diana Mallette, Lead Respiratory Therapist. Aaron attended Harrison Central High School where he attained a 4.0 GPA and scored a 31 on his ACT. He plans to attend the University of South Alabama in the Fall majoring in Mechanical Engineering. While at Harrison Central, Aaron was a member of the National Honor Society and Math Honor Society and involved in powerlifting and football. Aaron said, “I know what I want to do and I am willing to work as hard as necessary to accomplish my goals.”

Christiana Ogletree is the daughter of Clara Ogletree, MST, Memorial Behavioral Health. Christiana attends Mississippi College majoring in English Writing and maintains a 3.71 GPA. She also scored a 34 on her ACT. Christiana is a member of MC Honors program, MC Undergraduate Research Symposium, Worship Team and Vacation Bible School at Calvary Gulf Coast and is a piano teacher. Christiana said, “I want to continue to pursue knowledge and to chase my dreams, and I know that this scholarship would be a step towards achieving that.”

Allyson Maria Perkins is the daughter of Matt Perkins, Informatics Educator. Allyson attends the University of South Alabama majoring in Nursing and maintains a 3.6 GPA. She also scored a 28 on her ACT. Allyson is a member of the USA Whiddons Honors College where she will be the Student Government Association representative for the 2017-2018 school year, Catholic Student Association, Students Today Alumni Tomorrow Club and is in the Early Acceptance Nursing Program. Allyson said, “I would be honored to receive this scholarship and believe I am a great candidate because of my hard work and dedication to my education and determination to frame the best future for myself that is possible.”

















Left to Right:  Aaron H. Mallette, Christiana Ogletree, Virginia Madison King, Madeline Appel, and Allyson Maria Perkins.  Amanda Taylor Chambliss was unable to attend the reception.