Wheeling Hospital has once again presented two scholarships to West Liberty University students enrolled in the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program. The recipients are Ashley Haught and Sierra Moore.
“I am especially grateful to Wheeling Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. Angelo Georges for continuing this opportunity for our students. This is the second year that Wheeling Hospital has presented this scholarship, and it means so much to our students as they build their future in health care,” said Program Director Bill Childers who leads the PA program at WLU.
The scholarship covers in-state tuition for the second year of the 24-month graduate program and includes an employment opportunity for each student to work at Wheeling Hospital after graduation for a period of two years.
Ashley Haught, 23, Moundsville, earned a biology degree from WLU in 2017. She has always been interested in the medical field. She may have come by her interest naturally, as her mother, Mison Lewis, is a nuclear medicine technician at Wheeling Hospital.
“My interest in becoming a physician assistant was confirmed after I shadowed a PA. Once I saw what they do on a day-to-day basis and how they spend a lot of time with patients, plus problem-solve on their own, I knew it was for me,” Haught said.
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Haught has an identical twin sister, who also is entering the field of medicine and attending medical school at this time. Haught’s father is Jack Haught of Moundsville.
Sierra Moore, 27, St. Clairsville, Ohio, earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wheeling Jesuit University and her master’s degree at Marietta College.
“I always knew that I wanted to do something in healthcare having been raised by a strong-willed nurse. A physician assistant degree is a wonderful choice because it will allow me the opportunity to get to spend time treating patients in a collaborative setting. Winning the Wheeling Hospital scholarship will allow me to stay in the area and serve my community in a meaningful way,” Moore said.
Sierra’s mother, Marlene Moore, is charge nurse of the ICU at East Ohio Regional Hospital.
The PA program at WLU began in summer 2012 and offers students a 24-month, year-round program of study housed at the newly constructed Campbell Hall of Health Sciences. Fully accredited, it is just one of several health sciences major offered by WLU’s College of Sciences. For\ information, call 304.336.5098.