The Grace and Phil Edelman Scholarship was created to assist Southeast Alaska students seeking health sciences careers, and who have a strong desire to return to our region upon graduation. We are thrilled to award this significant scholarship to nine students for the 2017 - 2018 academic year. They were selected among an outstanding group of applicants. We were impressed by the remarkable credentials of this year’s 26 applicants.
Part of the Foundation's mission is to promote health sciences education and development in Southeast Alaska. For more information, or to donate to the scholarship fund use the links to the right.
Alyson Walker (2nd year Recipient) - I was born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska. I have always loved and cherished the ocean, the mountains and the people that I have come into contact with throughout Southeast Alaska. The Southeast community as a whole never ceases to amaze me not only in its beauty but also in its generosity. For the past few years I have been attending Idaho State University finishing an Associate’s of Science Degree in American Sign Language and Deaf Studies and am currently completing a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Nursing. While entering my final year of college, I can’t help but reflect on the people and organizations that have helped me get here. Thanks to Bartlett Regional Hospital and the Edelman Scholarship I am able to finish my degree this May and return home to give back to the community that has given me so much. I am excited to enter into the profession of nursing – where I can give in a way that no other profession allows you to do.
Kimiko Urata (2nd year Recipient) - I was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska where I began my endeavors in synchronized swimming and medical sciences. I attended Stanford University and was a member and captain of the varsity synchronized swimming team. Over five years, I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology and Masters in Biology then returned home to explore a career in medicine. I worked as a Medical Assistant for two years before beginning medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine in the fall of 2015. Now, I am in Seattle on my second rotation before I go back to Alaska to finish the rest of the required 3rd year rotations. I am deeply grateful for the support and encouragement Juneau provides, particularly the Bartlett Regional Foundation. I am looking forward to the journey ahead with the hopes of being a part of the medical community here in Alaska.
Sam Heidersdorf - Growing up in Juneau, Alaska I was fortunate enough to discover at a young age that I wanted to go into nursing after shadowing at Bartlett Regional Hospital. Since I graduated high school two years ago I have been attending the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ working to complete my Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree. Upon completion of my undergraduate degree I plan to continue on with my education to persue a Masters or Doctorate in Nursing and return to Juneau. My hopes are to end up working in public health; either in the public school system or as a traveling nurse practitioner. I cannot express how grateful I am for the community, support and environment Juneau has given me throughout the years and am excited to make a contribution to the future of my hometown.
Hailey Quinto - My passion for helping others and the medical field is ever-growing. Currently, I am a sophomore at the University of Alaska Southeast, pursuing a B.S. in Biology. Upon graduation, one of my greatest goals is to attend the University of Washington School of Medicine. I would like to return to Alaska with my medical license to give back to the community I grew up in.
Vinh Le - I was born and raised here in Juneau and it’s been a goal of mine to help the people in community I call home. So I decided to go into health and provider care to help those who are sick and ill. I became a certified nursing assistant (CNA) through the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) and began working at Wildflower Court for two years. I learned a lot from working with the residents there and the wonderful staff. After learning what I could do from Wildflower court, I went on and became a medical assistant at the Bartlett Surgery & Specialty Clinic. I learned so much from the many specialty providers there. Lessons that I will take with me to nursing school and beyond. I’m excited for the future and to start nursing school this fall.
Gabriella Worden - Growing up in Juneau, AK is an incredible experience that fostered within me a strong sense of community, love of nature and drive to pursue a career in health sciences. I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences at Stonehill College in Boston, MA, and then returned to Juneau to work as a certified nurse's aide at Bartlett Regional Hospital. After several medical volunteer opportunities in Boston and completing an internship at Glacier Pediatrics in Juneau, I decided to pursue a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner. This summer (2017) I will begin Seattle University's Advanced Practice Nursing Immersion program and I am incredibly grateful for the support of Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation in this journey. I look forward to working towards my Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree and then hope to return to Southeast Alaska to provide primary care services.
Gina Heffern - I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Cellular Biology from Western Washington University and is currently a Doctor of Pharmacy Candidate at the University of Saint Joseph, where she serves as President of the Honor Society. Gina was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska and is eager to return to Southeast Alaska with her husband upon completion of her pharmacy program. She is excited to serve the Southeast community and enjoy all the outdoor activities and beautiful scenery that Southeast Alaska has to offer.
Maike Undurraga Perl - About 9 years ago I was fortunate enough to move to the beautiful town of Juneau, Alaska. Juneau is a wonderful city and the community is amazing. It’s so well interconnected and there is always a friendly face to talk to. I have 3 children and the closeness and small community feel of Juneau makes me feel good that I am raising my family here. I’ve been working at Bartlett Regional Hospital for almost 9 years. I love my job as a Nurse Assistant in the Critical Care Unit, but I am ready to move up in the world and overcome new challenges. Nursing has always been my dream. My plan after finalizing the Nursing program is to go back to work at Bartlett as a Registered Nurse. I love the environment of working in a hospital, because I am always helping people that need my help. There is a reward for every patient we help get back on their feet and go home to their families. I live for these moments, it’s what keeps me so enthusiastic about my job.
Elena Bryson - I was born and raised in Juneau Alaska, and just graduated from Thunder Mountain High School this year, with the class of 2017. I will be pursuing a career in Nursing at Linfield College, in Oregon. I have known that I wanted to be a nurse for several years. I come from a family of 7, therefor I have many sisterly responsibilities. I enjoy taking care of people, and am extremely excited that I will have the opportunity to further study my passion. I hope to eventually become a Nurse Practitioner, and come back to work in Juneau.