Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild Awards Scholarship to Five Area Students

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June 3, 2019

Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild Awards Scholarship
to Five Area Students

Each receives $1,500 to pursue a career in healthcare

5 high school students standing in a line

Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild recently awarded scholarships to five area students. Scholarship recipients, from left: Marcus Ortiz and Yuchen Wang, both of Saratoga Springs High School; Shrutti Kannaathal and Zeynep Cakmak, both of Shenendehowa High School; and Jared Everleth of Schuylerville High School.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, June 3, 2019—Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild has awarded college scholarships of $1,500 each to five Saratoga County high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in healthcare. The recipients were selected for sharing the Guild’s dedication to education and community involvement. Three of the students have volunteered at Saratoga Hospital.

Scholarship recipients are: 

  • Zeynep Cakmak, Shenendehowa High School, who will study biomedical engineering at Syracuse University.
  • Jared Everleth, Schuylerville High School, who will major in biomedical sciences at Nazareth College in Rochester. His volunteer service included working with Saratoga Hospital Medical Group’s Dr. Rachid Daoui on a groundbreaking home hemodialysis project. Everleth also volunteered at Saratoga Hospital Foundation events.
  • Shrutti Kannaathal, Shenendehowa High School, who will major in health sciences at Stony Brook University.
  • Marcus Ortiz, Saratoga Springs High School, who will major in biology at Columbia University in New York City. His volunteer experience included serving at the hospital’s Saratoga Community Health Center.
  • Yuchen Wang, Saratoga Springs High School, who received the Mary Jane Doyle Scholarship in memory of a much-beloved Guild member. Wang will major in biology at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie. Her volunteer service included working at the hospital’s inpatient information desk.

Since 1990, Saratoga Hospital Volunteer Guild has awarded $225,000 in scholarships to help support the next generation of healthcare providers. The program was created by longtime Guild volunteer Yolanda Paolicelli. She has chaired the Scholarship Committee since its inception and overseen awards to more than 150 students. 

“Yolanda has spearheaded this effort for nearly three decades,” Guild President Terry White said. “Her unwavering commitment epitomizes what it means to be a Guild member.”

The 2019 scholarships were announced last month at the Guild’s annual Scholarship and Recognition Dinner, which honors both the recipients and Guild volunteers. Each year Guild members donate 60,000 hours of service to the hospital and the community. The Guild also has provided millions of dollars to support Saratoga Hospital facilities, technology and programs.


About Saratoga Hospital: Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region’s leading healthcare provider and the only acute-care facility in Saratoga County. The hospital’s multispecialty practice, Saratoga Hospital Medical Group, provides care at more than 20 locations, ensuring easy access to programs and services that can have the greatest impact on individual and community health. Saratoga Hospital has maintained Magnet designation for nursing excellence since 2004. Through its affiliation with Columbia Memorial Health and Albany Med, Saratoga Hospital is part of the largest locally governed health system in the region. For more information: or

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Peter Hopper
Director, Marketing and Communications

03 Jun 2019