GREAT NECK, NY – Two students from Uniondale High School each received $2,500 scholarships toward their college educations on Friday afternoon during the North Shore-LIJ Health System’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration ceremony at the corporate office in Great Neck.
These two students – Valdemar Wany and Adenike Adeyemi-Jones – want to study biology in college and were part of the North Shore-LIJ Medical Scholars Pipeline Program, which aims to help increase diversity in the healthcare field. During the Dr. King celebration, Michael Dowling, president and chief executive officer of the health system, told the young students, “Never underestimate your potential. Set the bar high and then raise that two notches.”
In addition to recognizing the talent and dedication of these students, three children of North Shore-LIJ employees were given awards for the collages, essays and videos they created honoring Dr. King. Fifth-grader Chloe Porter, whose mother is a registered nurse at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, created a photo collage and essay about her experiences volunteering at a local shelter, teaching water safety and fundraising and how Dr. King showed the importance of service to the community. The other children who were noted for their projects were Sarah Hao, a fourth grader, and Sebastian Barkan, a seventh grader. These selections were made from about 50 submissions.
“The awarding of these scholarships and the Dr. King contest exemplify the health system’s commitment to the communities it serves and we look forward to seeing the great things these people will accomplish in the future,” said Barbara Felker, MS, North Shore-LIJ’s vice president of diversity and community engagement.
For the second year, North Shore-LIJ has honored Dr. King by focusing on his legacy of service through food drives at many health system sites. During the commemoration ceremony, Ms. Felker announced that the health system collected more than 12,000 pounds of food through its “Week of Service” program designed to honor Dr. King. The food is going to Island Harvest, City Harvest and the Food Bank for Westchester.