Earlier this year, the Board of TCWD was honored to announce the Mary Layne Van Cleave Scholarship Award for eligible high school HOSA seniors planning to pursue a healthcare career. Mary Layne is the longtime COO of the Tennessee Hospital Association and at TCWD we are so grateful for her constant support for healthcare education in TN.
“She is one of the most respected students in our school because she is: honest, trustworthy, hardworking, motivated, intelligent, compassionate, genuine, and incredibly inspiring.” – Brianna Morton, Riverside High School, Ayers Foundation Counselor
“She is an outstanding young lady with tremendous potential. She is very well-liked and respected by her teachers and classmates at Riverside. She has a heart for service and helping others. I am giving her the highest of recommendation.” – Riverside High School Principal, Hugh Smith
That’s how our 2018 Mary Layne Van Cleave award recipient has been described by her nominators. We are blown away by Lilly Morales and are thrilled to share some of her story.
In high school, Lilly managed to perform a large amount of community service while working at least 30 hours a week and maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Additionally, she has completed 24 hours of college credit and will finish her CNA courses this May. She enjoys helping with fundraisers and has hosted events such as the Main Street Festival, Relay for Life, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Dancing with the Stars for Carl Perkins Center, Breast Cancer awareness and many others.
Lilly has also been an active member of her school’s HOSA program for 4 years, serving as the treasurer for 3 years. In the fall, Lilly will be attending Cumberland University as a Premed major with the intent to become an Anesthesiologist.
In her own words, Lilly wrote:
“I am incredibly determined to achieve my goals. I will not stop or rest until I see all of my dreams come true. I long for the day that I am at a place financially where I can support myself in a comfortable lifestyle… It may not be easy, but my education, career goals, and my success as a professional are undeniably worth fighting for.”
Lilly has inspired all of us at TCWD and we hope that her story will brighten your day! Keep killing it, Lilly!