NORMAN — Three students from Moore Norman Technology Center’s Surgical Technology class received the first Jamie M. Rogers Memorial Scholarships recently.
Fallan Hammond, Brittany McBride and Nicole Waddle each received $500 through the scholarships, which may be used at their discretion.
Rogers graduated from the Surgical Technology student program at MNTC in 2000 and she lost her battle with cancer in September 2012. Each of the $500 scholarships available today is possible through the efforts of the family and friends of Rogers.
Dr. Gregory L. Skuta spoke during the scholarship presentation and shared stories of Rogers’ love of the medical profession, and her enthusiasm for her work. He said she served as a surgical technologist in 8,613 medical procedures and that he was honored to have worked along side her.
Skuta is president and chief executive officer of the Dean McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma City and president-elect of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Rogers was an employee of Dean McGee for the last eight years of her life.
Skuta said there are three fundamental things that people want out of life: to love, to be loved and to make a difference. He said Jamie achieved all of these things during her time here, that she will be truly missed by all of her family and co-workers and her memory, spirit and influence will endure.
Criteria for earning the scholarship are a high grade point average, writing an essay outlining present and future goals in surgery and healthcare. Candidates must also demonstrate good work ethics by presenting case logs and good attendance records. Candidate’s applications are reviewed by the scholarship panel and yearly awards are presented on or close to April 7, Rogers’ birthday.
After graduation in May, Hammond plans to work as a certified surgical technologist in a labor and delivery or GYN surgical unit and then continue her education toward a nursing degree. McBride plans to work as a certified surgical technologist and hopefully on a neurological/spinal surgical team.
She plans to continue her education toward becoming a certified registered nurse anesthetist. Waddle looks forward to working as a certified surgical technologist while continuing her education in first assisting or nursing.
Rogers was a 1997 graduate of Norman High School, where she played softball and basketball for the Optimist Club. Soon after, she attended MNTC’s 2nd Surgical Technology class. After receiving a diploma in surgical technology she began working in the surgery department at Integris SW Medical Center where she remained until taking a position at the Dean McGee Eye Institute.
Rogers’ parents, Mike and Nancy, asked that in lieu of flowers being purchased for her funeral, that donations instead be made to help establish a scholarship fund.
Mike and Nancy said Jamie was most proud of her accomplishment of becoming a surgical technologist and that the establishment of this scholarship allows Jamie’s spirit to continue to make a difference in our community.
To learn more about MNTC’s Surgical Technology class, visit www.mntechnology.com or call 405-364-5763.