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Three scholarships awarded to students entering health field

August 18, 2013
  • Front row, from left, Jonathan Dent, Joelle Dent, Josette Dent, James J. Dent, Tom Routzahn, Robert Hemp, Laura L. Hemp, Colin Van Werkhoven and Cindy Morris. Back, row, James Dent and Jim Dent.
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MIDDLETOWN, Md. — Three scholarships were recently awarded to area students who are pursuing studies in the medical field. 

Two scholarships were provided through the estate of Jane Harp in honor of her father, Dr. J. Elmer Harp, a physician who practiced in the Middletown valley.

The Harp Medical Center in Middletown, with a staff dedicated to the health care of local citizens, was built to honor his memory. 

The third scholarship is awarded in memory of Gloria M. “Stretch” Grossnickle. It was established by William H. Browning Jr., to honor his friend who was a resident of Middletown and was devoted to the community, having participated in the founding of the Harp Medical Center.

Each year the board of the medical center chooses students to receive scholarships. Over the past 11 years, the board has awarded more than $175,000 to deserving area students. 

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This year’s recipients of $9,000 scholarships are James J. Dent, Colin Van Werkhoven and Laura L. Hemp.

James is in his third year of medical school at the New York Medical College. Having worked as a student at NIH’s Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, he developed a special interest in the field of hematology and oncology. He has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, graduating with honors. He graduated from Middletown High School in 2005.

Colin will attend Towson University in the fall, following attendance at Frederick (Md.) Community College and Shepherd University, in both cases on the dean’s list. 

He will study exercise science and hopes to become a physical therapist. Colin is a 2011 graduate of Middletown High School. 

Laura, the recipient of the Grossnickle scholarship, will be studying dental hygiene at Allegany College of Maryland in her second year.  She is particularly interested in pediatrics. Laura served in the U.S. Army from 2003 to 2005 working as a dental assistant, and graduated from Frederick Community College. 

She is a 2001 graduate of Brunswick (Md.) High School. 

For more information about the scholarships, go to www.harpmedicalcenter.org.

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