Submitted by Eaton Rapids Medical Center Foundation
Eaton Rapids High School graduate, Elly Ruddick, is the recipient of the 2023 Annual Eaton Rapids Medical Center (ERMC) Foundation Scholarship. Ruddick was awarded $1,000 toward continuing her education in the medical field.
Ruddick received her award at her Seniors Honors Night at Eaton Rapids High School on May 23, 2023. She also was taken on a personal tour of the hospital led by President and CEO Tim Johnson.
Currently, Ruddick is enrolled at Lansing Community College (LCC) as a Patient Care Technician. She plans to continue her schooling at LCC in the fall to start her prerequisites for the nursing program with hope to eventually transfer to another university to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
“I’ve always had a love for the medical field. Both my mom and stepmom work in the healthcare field, and I want to be like them,” said Ruddick. “Nurses are needed. A hospital simply wouldn’t function without them.”
In her scholarship application, Ruddick stated that her overall dream nursing job would be to work in trauma or the Intensive Care Unit.
Her strong work ethic has led her to be involved in Student Council, Interact, National Technical Honor Society, and attending the HOSA – Future Health Professionals conference at Adrian College.
“HOSA is designed for students like me to compete in competitions and promote careers in the healthcare industry,” said Ruddick. “I competed in the ‘Medical Terminology’ category. Learning and knowing medical terminology has grown my passion for medicine.”
Ruddick was a finalist in the competition and ended up competing at the state level in April 2023.
The ERMC Foundation offers a $1,000 scholarship each year to a high school senior or undergraduate student who plans to pursue a degree in the healthcare field. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide local students with assistance in entering the healthcare field. To learn more about the scholarship or the hospital visit eatonrapidsmedicalcenter.org.