Foundation for Surgical Technology awards two Holmes students scholarships
The Foundation for Surgical Technology (FFST) awarded Holmes Community College students
Erin Bell of Ethel and Rebecca "Lauren" McDonald of Canton each $1,000 scholarships.
In addition to the scholarships, both students will be recognized in the August issue
of The Surgical Technologist, the Foundation website and in an upcoming issue of ASTSA
News and the Instructors Newsletter. Bell is a student on the Holmes Grenada Campus
and McDonald is a student on the Ridgeland Campus.
"Erin is an exemplary student, always willing to help others," said Surgical Technology
Program Director Jessica Elliot. "She is eager to learn something new every day."
The daughter of Jennie Watkins and Josh Watkins, Bell was named Surgical Technology
Student of the Year on the Grenada Campus. She enjoys fishing, playing with her dogs
and spending time with my husband and friends. Bell is focused on both finding a job
in the field and finishing building a house with her husband.
"I always knew I wanted to go into the medical field, but I wasn't sure what I wanted
to do," Bell said. After a long talk with my sister-in-law, I decided to try the surgical
technologist program. I really enjoy the environment and the task they accomplish."
McDonald, who earned a bachelor's degree in business management from Mississippi State
University in just three years prior to attending Holmes, will be working as a full-time
surgical technologist at University of Mississippi Medical Center. She is aspiring
to work on the cardiothoracic and heart transplant teams at UMMC. McDonald said that
one day she would love to ascend to become a first assistant, which is the next advancing
position upward, demanding a more hands-on approach when scrubbing in the procedures.
"I am so proud of Lauren and all of her accomplishments in the surgical technology
program," said Ridgeland Campus Surgical Technology instructor Shea Coleman. "She
is the epitome of a hard worker and a studious student!"
Outside of work, McDonald enjoys boating on the Reservoir and doing anything outdoors
with friends, traveling all over the South, listening to music, going to the gym/taking
fitness classes and spending time with her huge family. She was named Holmes Surgical
Tech Student of the Year for Ridgeland and was voted Class President.
"I want to be a surgical technologist because working in surgery is the most challenging,
exciting experience," McDonald said. "It is so satisfying knowing that I can be a
vital part of life-saving procedures and working on a team that is dedicated to bettering
the health of our patients is the most rewarding occupation I could ask for. The world
of surgery is constantly evolving more than ever before with more revolutionary techniques
and devices and being a surgical technologist allows me to support that mission of
surgeons and their teams everywhere."
For more information about the Surgical Tech program, contact Elliot at email@example.com
or (662) 227-2310.