Rose State College student Mary Worthing was presented a scholarship on Friday by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences of Oklahoma at the “One Voice” Annual Joint Laboratory Seminar with the Oklahoma State Society of American Medical Technologists at Integris Baptist Medical Center.
The scholarship provided by ASCLS-OK is given to two student members in the amount of $500 as well as first year professional dues. Worthing will also be the student member representative from Oklahoma at the 82nd ASCLS Annual Meeting in Chicago this July.
Worthing has also won a national scholarship awarded annually by the American Society for Clinical Pathology provided by Siemens, an international engineering, technology, and health company. Another scholarship was given by the Oklahoma chapter of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
The scholarship provided by Siemens totals $1,000. The ASCP began the student scholarship program to encourage the well-rounded students to pursue careers in the medical laboratory. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, professional goals, and leadership abilities.
As a returning adult student, Worthing is no stranger to professionalism and leadership. While working as a purchasing agent for Ideal Homes in Norman, Oklahoma, a desire to return to school became a reality.
“I use myself as a platform that anyone can go back to school,” Worthing said, “I thought, ‘Can I do this? I’m older and will be with younger students.’ But as soon as I started classes, I saw that I could do it and work just as hard.”
Worthing is seeking a Clinical Laboratory Technology Associate in Applied Science degree coupled with a Liberal Studies Associate in Arts General Option degree and will graduate this spring after finishing clinicals at Norman Regional Hospital. After graduation, Worthing aspires to complete her bachelor’s degree.
Among her studies, Worthing is an active student on campus as a member of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa and the vice president of the Rose State College Clinical Laboratory Technology club.
“It is my goal to be a part of professional organizations like ASCLS to continue learning about my field throughout my career,” Worthing said. “I am overwhelmed with joy. I am truly grateful for this reward for all my hard work.”
Mon, April 28, 2014
by Ben Fenwick