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Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Awards Scholarships for Study in Healthcare and Medicine

Jess Parrish Medical Foundation Awards Scholarships for Study in Healthcare and Medicine

TITUSVILLE, FLA. (May 13, 2024) — Jess Parrish Medical Foundation (JPMF) awarded $30,500 in scholarships to 25 outstanding college students and graduating high school seniors that distinguished themselves through passionate dedication to their communities and a pursuit of studies in the fields of medicine and healthcare. Since 1990, JPMF has awarded more than $537,000 to deserving students.

Dedicated to supporting future generations of healthcare professionals.  Brevard Indo-American Medical and Dental Association (BIMDA) Scholarship in honor of Ashok C. Shah and Glad Kurian, committed funds through 2034 allowing for two additional $1,250 scholarships to be awarded annually.

“BIMDA is honored to partner with Jess Parrish Medical Foundation in supporting the educational endeavors of our future healthcare professionals,” said Glad Kurian, honorary executive director. “It is gratifying to know that BIMDA’s contributions to the scholarship program are assisting the award recipients in pursuing their educational and career goals.”

This year’s scholarship winners include, from Astronaut High School, Addison Flake, Lilliana Koch and Zoe Schroyer; Cocoa Beach Jr./Sr. High School awardee Isaac Cerveny; from Merritt Island Christian School, Samantha Belle Donahoe and Solomon Van Horn; Olivia Banachoski from Space Coast Jr./Sr. High School; and Titusville High School awardees Angela Alvarez, Violet Dobbs, Megan Duncan, Samantha Rose Fisher, Alyssa Schneerer, Matthew Sluka and Emma Tomlinson.

College students awarded scholarships include, Alexis Mills from Daytona State College; Eastern Florida State College awardees Bailey Hamilton and Embily Smith; Kalyn Rubio from Florida State University; Arun Jagarlamudi and Sadhna Seth, Nova Southeastern University; Southeastern University recipient Sydney Van Horn; Isabella Padgett from the University of Alabama; Jadyn Gillingham and Noah Langelier from the University of Central Florida; and University of Florida awardee Tessa Mitzlaff.

Scholarship committee co-chairs Barbara Terhune and Philip Simpson, PhD led the committee through the process of evaluating applicants in the areas of academic performance, awards and honors, extracurricular activities, leadership, community service and work experience, recommendation letters, application essay and Parrish Healthcare/JPMF affiliation.

“This year’s scholarship recipients were again outstanding, and we look to them to lead the next generation in shaping the future of healthcare,” said Randy Coleman, JPMF board chair. “The Foundation is honored to support the future education endeavors of such accomplished and well-deserving students.”

Scholarship committee members include Barbara Terhune; Philip Simpson, PhD; Santi Bulnes; Deborah Cox; Dot Hudson; Terry Lee; Josh Norris; Howard Rinker, DDS; and Natalie Sellers.

JPMF is investing in the future by awarding medical scholarships to residents in North Brevard County who are pursuing careers that one day will provide healing to our community. To learn more about JPMF scholarships, contact the Foundation at (321) 269-4066 or visit,