A MEASURE OF SUCCESS: AMMP scholarship recipients
Guerline St. Vil had used every excuse to not return to college. It had been 10 years since she had last sat in a classroom, and since then she’d had two children and been busy with her full-time job at the MGH. “But I knew I couldn’t create, fathom or make up any more excuses, and I couldn’t procrastinate any longer – I had to just do it,” says St. Vil, a medical assistant in the Center for Human Genetic Research for the past six years.
So last year, St. Vil reached out to the Association of Multicultural Members of Partners (AMMP) – an organization committed to helping recruit, retain and develop multicultural professionals into leaders across the MGH and Partners HealthCare. Among its many programs, AMMP offers scholarships to help members pursue education and training. The scholarship – along with an online college preparation course and the support of an MGH career coach – enabled St. Vil to enroll in Bunker Hill Community College.
Because of her hard work and determination to succeed, St. Vil was honored during the 2012 AMMP Scholarship Awards Ceremony Sept. 6, along with fellow recipients Christa Brutus, Fatima Ferrimy, Chantal Kayitesi, Christine Marmen, Fahiya Mohamoud, Abdulwahab Musanur, Tirza Martinez, Ijeoma Nwankwo, Christopher Roddick, Henry Seemore, Robyn Stroud and Sandra Thomas.
“We gather each September to acknowledge and celebrate the commitment, determination, perseverance and success of our scholarship recipients,” says Dee Dee Chen, professional staff benefits manager and AMMP executive board chair. “Each recipient has not only recognized the importance of expanding their own skills, minds and careers through additional education, but also encouraged others to follow suit through their dedication to learning.”
St. Vil currently is taking one online class and one class on campus. Although her major is still undecided, she wants to stay in the field of health care. “I always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted a more stable career with greater financial benefit – it was just how and when,” St. Vil says. “The AMMP program made me see that I could follow through with all of it, my family life and classes. I’m really glad I got started, and I really enjoy it.”
For more information about AMMP, visit www2.massgeneral.org/ammp. For information about on-site college prep and academic coaching, visit the Training and Workforce Development website at http://is.partners.org/hr/New_Web/mgh/mgh_training.htm.
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