SARATOGA SPRINGS — Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild has awarded $1,500 scholarships to five Saratoga County high school seniors: Kathryn Cronier, Evan Klotz, Gracie-Lynne Ruzzo, Baihe Sun and Skylar Wright.
All have impressive track records of community service and plan to pursue careers in healthcare. Four participated in Students Sharing Opportunities and Responsibilities (SSOAR) a volunteer opportunity unique to Saratoga Hospital.
“These outstanding students are choosing lives of service at a time when that couldn’t be more challenging or important,” said Terry White, Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild President. “It is an honor to recognize and support their efforts.”
Kathryn Cronier, of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, intends to study radiology and diagnostics at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy. She participated in the Saratoga Hospital SSOAR program for two years and volunteered at Camp Invention and Ellis Medicine.
Evan Klotz, of Saratoga Springs High School, will study physics/pre-med at Providence College in Rhode Island. He volunteered with SSOAR for two years, serving in Saratoga Hospital’s Orthopedic Center and Alfred Z. Solomon Emergency Center. He also created a website to address hunger and support Shelters of Saratoga.
Gracie-Lynne Ruzzo, of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, plans to major in medical research at Union College in Schenectady. The 2019 SSOAR participant volunteered as a science tutor at a local elementary school and brought canine companions to nursing homes to comfort residents there.
Baihe Sun, of Shenendehowa High School, will attend Brown University in Rhode Island to study biology/pre-med. She volunteered with Shen Shining Stars, CAPteens and at St. Peter’s Hospital. She also established a teen mental health awareness and advocacy initiative at her high school.
Skylar Wright, of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, will attend Quinnipiac University in Connecticut with the goal of becoming a physician assistant. A SSOAR participant, she also volunteered at the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame Camp Invention.
Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild has awarded scholarships since 1990 to help high school seniors in the region pursue careers in healthcare.