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St. Luke's Miners Campus Awards Academic Scholarships to High School Students

St. Luke's Miners Campus Awards Academic Scholarships to High School Students

Fourteen graduating seniors honored by Board of Trustees and Medical Staff

Coaldale, PA (5/16/2017) – Board of Trustees Chairperson , Maureen Donovan, James D. Bohri, Radiologist and President of the Medical Staff; and Mark Kender, MD, Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees announced the recipients of the St. Luke’s Miners Hospital Board of Trustees Scholarship and the St. Luke’s Miners Campus Medical Staff Scholarship at a ceremony held at the St. Luke’s Miners Campus, 360 West Ruddle Street, Coaldale, PA.

Miners Scholarship
L-R (front) J. David Bohri, MD, Karlie Gemino, Riley McHugh, Alexis Baddick, Erika Cruver, Julia Banning, Chole Markovich, Muskan Khatiwala, Madison Ansbach, Maureen Donovan, Board of Trustees Chair
L-R (back) Mark Kender, MD, Brendan Morgans, Deidre Ressler, Matthew Derr, Desiree Malacusky, Jordan Reis


The Board of Trustees Scholarship and the Medical Staff Scholarship are each $1,000 and presented to a graduating senior from seven area high schools who met the criteria of the award. The criteria required each recipient to be in the top 25% of his/her graduating class and be enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited four year college or university in the health care field.

“To be able to provide these scholarships to these students is an honor for us at St. Luke’s,” said Donovan. “We hope that the young men and women receiving the awards will return to our area after completing their training to provide health care services to the community in which they were raised.”

Board of Trustees Scholarships

  • Julia Banning – Lehighton Area H.S. – enrolled at Penn State University for Forensic Science 
  • Matthew Derr – Mahanoy Area H.S. – enrolled at Kings College for Athletic Training 
  • Adam Francia – Jim Thorpe H.S. – enrolled at Berry College for Biology/Exercise Science
  • Karlee Gemino –  Marian Catholic – enrolled at Indiana University of Pennsylvania for Nursing 
  • Joelene Hunsinger – Weatherly Area H.S. – enrolled at University of Pennsylvania for Physician’s Assistant  
  • Chole Markovich – Panther Valley H.S. – enrolled at Penn State University for Pre-Medicine 
  • Deidre Ressler – Tamaqua Area H.S. – enrolled at Grove City College for Biology/Pre-Med

Medical Staff Scholarships

  • Christina Caravella – Weatherly Area H.S. – enrolled at Temple University for Nursing 
  • Erika Cruver – Lehighton Area H.S. – enrolled at East Stroudsburg University for Biology 
  • Samantha Gnall – Mahanoy Area H.S. – enrolled at Kings College for Physician Assistant 
  • Riley McHugh – Tamaqua Area H.S. – enrolled at Moravian College for Neuroscience  
  • Brendan Morgans – Panther Valley H.S. – enrolled at Moravian College for Biochemistry / Pre-medicine  
  • Delana Nalesnik – Jim Thorpe H.S. – enrolled at University of Maryland for Biology/Pre-dentistry 
  • Nirall Patel – Marian Catholic – enrolled at St. Joseph’s University for Biology

Media Contact

Samuel Kennedy, Corporate Communications and Media Relations Director, Marketing & Public Relations, 484-526-4134, Samuel.Kennedy@sluhn.org

About St. Luke’s

Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) is a non-profit, regional, fully integrated and nationally recognized network providing services at seven hospitals and more than 270 outpatient sites. The network’s service area includes Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Schuylkill, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks and Monroe counties in Pennsylvania and in Warren County in New Jersey. Dedicated to advancing health education, St. Luke’s operates the nation’s oldest School of Nursing and 22 graduate medical educational programs and is considered a major teaching hospital, the only one in the region. In partnership with Temple University, St. Luke’s created the region’s first Medical School. Repeatedly, including 201t, St. Luke’s has earned Truven’s 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation as well as 50 Top Cardiovascular program in addition to other honors for clinical excellence. St. Luke’s is a multi-year recipient of the Most Wired award recognizing the breadth of St. Luke’s information technology applications such as electronic medical records, telehealth, online scheduling and pricing information. St. Luke’s is also recognized as one of the state’s lowest cost providers in comparison to major teaching hospitals and other health systems.

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