Scholarship recipients

Receiving scholarships awarded by the Dr. J. Elmer Harp Scholarship Fund are from left: accepting the awards for John and Marilyn Fisher is Catherine Fisher, Katherine Breeze and Grace Waterman. Receiving the Gloria M. Grossnickle Scholarship is Anthony Malik. Presenting awards is John Gladhill.

The Wren’s Nest in Middletown was the setting for the presentation of the Dr. J. Elmer Harp and Gloria M. Grossnickle Scholarship awards. With its history as a Middletown meeting place, the Wren’s Nest was the perfect location to hold this annual event.

Scholarships are awarded to Middletown area students who are pursuing careers in the medical field by the Dr. J. Elmer Harp and Gloria M. Grossnickle Scholarship funds. This year $36,000 was awarded to area recipients. The Dr. J. Elmer Harp Scholarships were created by Jane Harp to honor her father, a general practitioner in the Middletown Valley for over 50 years. William Browning established the Gloria M. Grossnickle Scholarship to honor Mrs. Grossnickle, a charter member of the board of directors of the Harp Medical Center.

Dr. J. Elmer Harp Scholarship recipientsMarilyn and John Cooper Fisher, both 2019 graduates of Middletown High, are sharing one of the Dr. J. Elmer Harp Scholarships.

Marilyn tries to be a constant student, using every experience in life as an opportunity to gain knowledge. As a junior volunteer at Frederick Memorial Hospital she has given over 189 hours of volunteer service while managing a rigorous academic schedule, a hospital internship, participating in extracurricular activities and working at The Muse. Her concern and compassion for others, professionalism and maturity plus her amazing work ethic assures that Marilyn will make a great physician.

John notes in his essay that his grandfather or Opa, a retired obstetrician, had a big impact on his desire to become a physician. An Eagle Scout, excellent student-athlete and volunteer, John has participated in summer internships at the Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Army Medical Research Command. His caring disposition, warm personality and great integrity along with hard work and a helpful attitude will assure that he will excel in his chosen field.

A dean’s list scholar at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Grace Waterman is majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology. She plans to attain a Ph.D. and work in medical research, finding treatments for cancer and other genetic diseases. Grace, an excellent independent worker, is a pleasant, intelligent, responsible young lady who has developed the skills necessary to succeed in all of her endeavors.

Katherine Breeze is pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Her desire to enter this field was piqued in elementary school as she observed a physical therapist in a career-day setting. This interest became stronger as Katherine, an NCAA Division I athlete, witnessed the different forms of treatment provided by therapy. Her inquisitive nature and eagerness to learn will allow her to develop creative and evidence-based treatment plans for future patients. A strong work ethic coupled with her kind and pleasant demeanor will serve her well as a PT. Katherine’s academic preparedness and excellent interpersonal skill are sure to endear her to all her future patients.

Gloria M. Grossnickle Scholarship recipientAnthony Malik is pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy at Marymount University. As a child he witnessed the compassion and caring of a physical therapist when his grandmother suffered a stroke. Anthony has been striving toward a career in physical therapy to make an everlasting impact on his future patients’ as well as their families, just as that physical therapist made such a lasting impression on him. His intellectual curiosity and problem-solving skills along with his compassion for others are all traits important to a physical therapist. Anthony is determined to make the world around him a better place and he is well on this way to this lofty goal.

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