August 03, 2006

TAMPA, Fla. -- Moffitt employees Maggy Barthel, Laurie Cruz, LaToya Hyde, Jillian Castro, Kaitlin Hendrix, Christine Johnson, Darren Mignano and April Fouts have been awardedH. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute Diversity Scholarships. The employees will be studying nursing, pre-nursing or radiation therapy.

The winners were honored in November by CEO and Center Director William S. Dalton, Ph.D., M.D., and Mary Beth Reardon, Vice President of Patient Care Services, and representatives from the Office of Institutional Diversity, Radiation Oncology, Nursing and Human Resources.

“The Diversity Scholarship Program is one of the best things we do here at Moffitt. It's a win for employees and a win for the Center. The more we invest in our people, the better this institution will be,” says Dalton.

The diversity scholarships will pay for tuition, books and all associated fees for each individual to complete his/her degree. The winners’ salaries will also be subsidized to allow them to attend classes and focus on their educations. After receiving their degrees, recipients agree to work at Moffitt one year for each year scholarship assistance is received.

The Moffitt Diversity Scholarships were established to provide an opportunity for career advancement for current employees, and also to aid in recruitment for outside applicants


to achieve a diverse environment in the workplace.

In 2001, the National Cancer Institute awarded Moffitt the status of a Comprehensive

Cancer Center 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.