South Coastal Delaware AARP Chapter 5226
2017 Indian River High School Scholarship Recipients
The two 2017 Indian River High School (IRHS) graduates to receive $1500 scholarships from our chapter are Erin K. Haden and Paige E. Troublefield. Recipients are selected by members of the Scholarship Committee based on academic performance, extracurricular, community and work activities and an essay. Meet the recipients below.
Erin Haden will be studying at Boston University this fall where she will major in human physiology. Her ultimate goal is to become a surgeon and perhaps one day be part of a program like Doctors Without Borders.
In her scholarship application essay, Erin explained how she has started so far on the road to her future goal: “From volunteering in the emergency room at Atlantic General Hospital, observing surgeries at Beebe Health Center, participating in many medical programs, to venturing to India for a three-week medical internship, I have utilized as many opportunities as possible to gain experience and knowledge to help me achieve my dream career as a surgeon”.
At IRHS, she was an outstanding student and has received an AP Scholar award given to students who score a three or higher on three or more AP tests. She was active in school extracurricular activities, holding offices in the National Honor Society, student government and the Leo School, a service organization. A student athlete, she was captain of the field hockey and swim teams and a member of the lacrosse team.
Paige Troublefield plans to attend Towson University this fall to prepare for a career in occupational therapy. After facing spinal fusion surgery as a child to deal with scoliosis, Paige knows what it means to overcome a disability. In her essay for the scholarship competition, she wrote: “When I imagine my future, I picture a world where a disability does not define a person, instead a person’s heart and determination measure how successful they are.”
At IRHS Paige has maintained high grades and been an active participant in school extracurricular activities. She was captain of the girls’ varsity soccer team for four years and recognized with Academic all-conference girls’ soccer and field hockey honors for maintaining all As during the seasons. She has been a class officer and served on the Student Council as a senior.
Her path to a life of service started in high school where she worked in the Outreach Program for Soccer, coached young children at the River Soccer Club and worked in community service activities with St. Ann’s Church Youth Group.
We are proud to recognize these two outstanding young people with our 2017 scholarships.r paragraph here.