BERLIN — Androscoggin Valley Hospital Foundation recently awarded Mariam Gaynor Scholarships to four high school students pursuing their education in the healthcare field.

Recipients are:

Abigail M. Bernier of Gorham has successfully completed her first semester as a biology/pre-med candidate at the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.

Danielle M. Couture of Milan has successfully completed her first semester as a nursing candidate at Husson University in Bangor, Maine.

Allison Theriault of Berlin has successfully completed her first semester as a nursing candidate at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass.

Skylar R. Wharem of Colebrook has successfully completed her first semester as a nursing candidate at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine.

These local students were each awarded a $3,000 scholarship to assist them in the pursuit of their educational goals in the health-care field.

Androscoggin Valley Hospital established the Mariam Gaynor Scholarship Program to sponsor students in their pursuit of formal education and training in health-care professions.

Education was an important part of  Gaynor’s life. A former resident of Berlin, Gaynor attended Mount Saint Mary Seminary in Hooksett and earned a bachelor of science degree from Boston University and a master of arts degree from Columbia University. During her lifetime, she continued to pursue advanced studies at Harvard University, San Jose State University and Stanford University.

Michael D. Peterson, FACHE, AVH President and CEO, said that the scholarships awarded in Gaynor’s memory reflect the hospital’s commitment to assist local area students in fulfilling educational and career opportunities in various healthcare fields. AVH is proud to be a part of developing local students to become healthcare providers through the Gaynor legacy.

For more information about the Mariam Gaynor Scholarship Program, call Linda Arsenault, Director of Human Resources, at (603) 326-5635.

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