TAMPA, Fla. Employees Denise Drabiniak, Kristina Grussing, Teresa Hill, Leila Wilson and William Valentine are the recipients of this year’s Diversity Scholarship from H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute. The employees will study nursing or radiation therapy.
Dr. William S. Dalton, CEO and Center Director; B. Lee Green, Jr., Ph.D., Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Diversity (OID) and other representatives from Moffitt honored the recipients.
“The OID is committed to supporting efforts such as the Diversity Scholarships. These scholarships are important to the individuals who receive them but are also important to Moffitt,” says Green. “It is our hope that these individuals will advance toward their educational and career goals and will move up in the ranks at Moffitt – and in turn become long time employees. We look forward to continued support of the scholarships and encourage others to consider applying.”
“I’ve been so thankful to have been given this opportunity, ” says recipient Grussing. “Like many people, I have two small children at home and am required to work to help support my family. This scholarship has allowed me to pursue my dream of becoming a nurse. I’m looking forward to beginning my career at Moffitt alongside the many talented nurses we have here.”
Moffitt also recognized scholarship graduates Anika Smalls, Melinda Wright, Mark Schattschneider, Isabel Canizares, Elizabeth Finley-Oliver, Jessica Rivera Diaz, Patrick Simpkins, Margaret Barthel and Melissa Espat.
The scholarships are designed to provide career growth and advancement for Moffitt employees. Moffitt benefits when it fills critical shortage positions by educating and promoting its own employees. With the support of their managers, co-workers and family members, all of the scholarship graduates have been able to advance at Moffitt.
In 2001, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute earned NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center status in recognition of its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country's leading
cancer centers, and is listed in the U.S. News & World Report as one of the top cancer hospitals in America. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.