Siemens-ASCP Scholarships Make the American Dream a Reality
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
Born in Katowice, Poland, Dariusz Franusiak works full time as a slide loader operator at Ryerson Steel Company while attending the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, N.Y., to earn his bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science. The combination of science and manual labor involved in performing medical laboratory diagnostic tests for patients piqued his interest.
“In the United States, I have more freedom to study the subjects of my choice,” said Mr. Franusiak, who moved to Buffalo eight years ago with his wife, Anna. “I love manual work and am really accurate, but I wanted to pursue something fascinating and fun that involves science too. Also, I would like to have a better job; now I’m wearing a hard hat, gloves, and a uniform.”
In Poland, he graduated with an electronics certification from a technical school and his only path for further education was an engineering degree. Now, while juggling work and school, Mr. Franusiak has earned a 4.0 grade point average. That was one of several reasons why he received a Siemens-ASCP Student Scholarship. The scholarship funds will pay for his books over the next two years as he finishes his undergraduate degree. Later, Mr. Franusiak plans to pursue his master’s degree and possibly even his doctorate.
For the 2011–2012 Program, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, in partnership with ASCP, will award more than $125,000 to undergraduate and graduate medical laboratory students in amounts ranging from $500 to $2,000. The Society’s annual scholarship program is part of its continuing effort to defray education costs, promote medical laboratory science as a rewarding career, and address the laboratory workforce shortage.
Lucas Dale Robinson
A 2010–2011 recipient of a Siemens-ASCP Scholarship, Lucas Dale Robinson, MLS(ASCP)CM, is fluent in Spanish and lived in Bolivia for two years. Although born in Wyoming, being abroad increased his understanding and respect for other cultures.
Mr. Robinson received the scholarship during his last semester at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, Neb. He used the funds to pay for rent, food, and basic school supplies.
“I did not have to worry about money and could focus on school and finding a job afterwards,” said Mr. Robinson, who self-financed the majority of his education. After graduating in May and earning his ASCP certification in medical laboratory science in June, he landed his first job in the field at the Mountain Vista Medical Center, Mesa, Ariz.
Siemens and ASCP began the Siemens-ASCP Scholarship Program to encourage well-rounded students such as Mr. Franusiak and Mr. Robinson to pursue medical laboratory careers. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, professional goals, and leadership abilities. To be considered for scholarships for the 2011–2012 academic year, students need to apply by Nov. 15. Read more.