Siemens–ASCP Scholarships Expand the Pipeline of Future Laboratory Professionals
Thursday, May 29, 2014
After being laid off from her job as a glass artist, Erin Weyers tried to make the best of a difficult situation. She went back to school to earn a degree as a medical laboratory technician (MLT) so that she could make a difference in other people’s lives.
A recipient of the 2013-2014 Siemens-ASCP Scholarship, Ms. Weyers graduated this month from Saint Paul College, in Saint Paul, Minn., with an MLT associate’s degree in Applied Science. She is among 173 students who received this year’s award, which celebrates the future of the medical laboratory profession by presenting scholarships to academically-talented students.
“In addition to a continuing workforce shortage, laboratories anticipate seeing a greater demand for testing as the U.S. population ages. By helping students to pursue their education, the Siemens–ASCP Scholarship addresses this challenge by fostering the next generation of skilled laboratory professionals and leaders.”
— Mark Bailey, MA, HTL(ASCP)CM
The Siemens–ASCP Scholarship Program was established in 2003 to address the nation’s shortage of qualified medical laboratory personnel, defray education costs, and promote the profession. Together, Siemens Healthcare and ASCP have awarded a combined $180,000 in scholarships to the nation’s top undergraduate and graduate medical laboratory students for the 2013-2014 academic year.
“This scholarship has helped me to focus on my internship and not worry so much about the financial burdens of being a student,” says Ms. Weyers, who participated in a 19-week long medical laboratory internship for 40 hours per week this spring. The internship allowed her to gain important experience that will help her secure a job, yet it reduced the number of hours she worked at another job at the same time. “When I start my career, I can only hope to return the favor to someone else.”
Just over two years, ago Michael Faulkner returned from a tour of duty serving in the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division in Iraq. A combat-related injury required making a career change, and he decided to enroll at State University of New York (SUNY), Cobleskill, N.Y., to pursue a bachelor’s degree in histotechnology.
“As an adult student who re-entered the collegiate world with a vast amount of life-experience, I realized the importance of focusing on my studies,” says Michael, 31, who has a wife and 10-month-old daughter and works full time. This spring, he graduated with a 3.96 GPA and eventually hopes to become a laboratory supervisor.
“Michael is a multitalented and gifted individual,” said Pamela Colony, PhD, HT(ASCP), director of the Histotechnology program at SUNY-Cobleskill. “While in the service, he was a team leader for 15 months in combat operations. He has worked a number of jobs, including farrier, and pays for his education, housing, and daycare by trimming and shoeing horses. Michael often completes his work at a farm before attending 8 a.m. classes.”
ASCP is proud to support hardworking individuals such as Ms. Weyers and Mr. Faulker, who represent the future of laboratory medicine.
“In addition to a continuing workforce shortage, laboratories anticipate seeing a greater demand for testing as the U.S. population ages,” said Mark Bailey, MA, HTL(ASCP)CM, Chair of the ASCP Scholarship Committee. “By helping students to pursue their education, the Siemens–ASCP Scholarship addresses this challenge by fostering the next generation of skilled laboratory professionals and leaders.”
To see the full list of 2014 scholarship winners by state click here.