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Moriah Central School Graduate Receives Nursing Scholarship

Zoë Olcott Receives Holly Estus Memorial Scholarship to Study Career in Nursing

High school graduate sits on a deck with her brown dog overlooking the mountains
Zoë Olcott, pictured with her dog Bentley, received a Holly Estus Memorial Fund Scholarship from Elizabethtown Community Hospital. Olcott, a Moriah native, will head to Seton Hall University this fall to study a career in nursing.

ELIZABETHTOWN, NY (07/22/2022) – Elizabethtown Community Hospital today announced Zoë Olcott, a recent graduate from Moriah Central School, has been awarded a $500 scholarship from the Holly Estus Memorial Scholarship Fund.  The scholarship was established in memory of Holly Estus, a registered nurse, who worked at Elizabethtown Community Hospital.

Olcott, who is pursing a Bachelors’ Degree in Nursing (BSN), shared, “I was fortunate enough to participate in the New Visions Medical Careers Program this year where I had the opportunity to shadow the dedicated staff at Elizabethtown Community Hospital. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go into the medical field at the beginning of the year.  After getting the opportunity to see what it’s really like to care for patients, my mind was set.”  She is enrolled as a freshman at Seton Hall University.

On the UVM Health Network’s ongoing commitment to strengthen rural health care and develop its workforce, Bob Ortmyer, President of Elizabethtown Community Hospital emphasized hospital efforts designed to help current employees and folks in the community move into jobs that are in high demand. Wherever we can, we are looking at ways to clear financial and logistical obstacles that can stand in the way of people looking for careers in health care.”

"We have long supported students and employees pursuing the next step in their career as medical professionals, whether through clinical experience for high school and college students or through scholarships and long standing programs like New Visions,” stated Elizabeth Rogers, Elizabethtown Community Hospital Director of Philanthropy.                

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