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Trios Foundation honors local philanthropists, awards scholarships, raises funds

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KENNEWICK, WA – The Trios Foundation announced its 2017-18 scholarship recipients and honored Dr. Nikom Wannarachue with the Jim Mokler Leadership and Service Award at its Annual Breakfast held February 22nd at the Three Rivers Convention Center. More than 330 guests were in attendance and raised $24,000 to support Hospital programs and services.

Dr. Wannarachue, a long-time Tri-Cities pediatrician and pediatric endocrinologist, received the prestigious Jim Mokler Leadership and Service Award. He was recognized for his steadfast commitment to philanthropy and community service locally and abroad. He was commended for his years of leading by example, paving the way for many local physicians in the adoption of new programs and services and philanthropic giving in the community.

Six scholarships totaling $12,500 were awarded to six local students pursuing degrees related to healthcare. Area high school students who will graduate in June, receiving scholarship awards include:

  • Madison Hancock (Richland) – Sally Rutherford Scholarship Award, $3,000 from the Trios Auxiliary. A senior at Richland High School, she plans to attend George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon to study psychology;
  • Katie Schroder (Richland) – $2,000. A senior at Richland High School, she plans to attend Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California, to become a physician’s assistant;
  • Lauren Fong (Kennewick) – $1,500. A senior at Tri-Cities Prep, she plans to pursue nursing but has not yet declared where she will attend college.

Three college students also received scholarship, including:

  • Ashley Hennessey (Richland) – $2,000. A second-time Trios Foundation scholarship recipient, she is currently enrolled at Eastern Washington University and is nearing completion of a degree in occupational health;
  • Hanna Ownby (Pasco) -- $2,000. She attends Columbia Basin College and plans to continue her studies at Washington State University-Tri-Cities to become a nurse practitioner;
  • Jordenelle Tsugawa (Richland) – $2,000. She will continue pursuing her degree at Washington State University’s College of Nursing.

Attendees were also updated on the Trios Foundation 2016 fundraising results. The organization raised $794,416 for patient programs, services, and equipment including the Gartner Child Assistance Fund, Camp Trios, the Good Samaritan Program, the Hematology & Oncology Patient Support Fund, and Women’s Health Screenings.

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