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UF Health The Villages® Hospital Auxiliary Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships to assist and encourage education in health care-related courses of study. These scholarships are available annually to hospital team members as well as high school seniors residing in the hospital's service area.

In 2020, our Auxiliary Foundation awarded 17 scholarships to current team members who are furthering their education in the healthcare field. By funding the education of our team, we are able to enhance the skillful talent we have to care for the patients in our growing community. The Foundation also awarded 8 scholarships to area high school seniors to pursue their education in healthcare sciences.

We would like to thank our scholarship partners, both corporate and individual, for their dedication to continuing education for current and future healthcare professionals. It is because of your generosity that we are able to enhance the healthcare field in our own community.

Scholarship partners


  • Boy Scouts of America Central Florida Council
  • City Fire
  • Florida Cancer Specialists
  • Insight Credit Union
  • Lake Sumter State College
  • Project SOS-Support Our Soldiers
  • Rotary Club of The Villages® Foundation
  • Sumter Landing Bicycle Club
  • The Villages® Insurance


  • John & Beth Bondurant
  • Diana Ballard & John Capone
  • Geroge & Gloria Counselman
  • Kathryn Deering
  • Russ & Marie D'Emidio
  • Grace AME Church & William F. Crumel, Fr. Foundation
  • Gary & Barbara Kadow
  • Dr. & Mrs. Edwin McDaniel
  • Fred Robey
  • Jim & Pam Smothers
  • Dave & Cindy Taylor
  • Gerald & Marilyn Ten Eyck

Scholarship recipients

On behalf of UF Health The Villages® Hospital Auxiliary Foundation Board of Directors, congratulations to the 2020 scholarship recipients on their decision to further their education. We are excited to be able to assist you in achieving your goals!

2020 Team member scholarships

  • Felicia Bare, Observation
  • Cameron Beatty, Brownwood ED
  • Samantha Brandao, Acute Rehab
  • Kim Cole, Cardiac Medical
  • Avena Dat, Patient Care Administration
  • Emelyn Dicandia, Brownwood ED
  • Fritzellyn DuBose, Acute Rehab
  • Sarah GeBaide, Intensive Care Unit
  • Amanda Gonzalez, Emergency Department
  • Lora Graham, Rehab Therapy
  • Nicole Heller, Surgical
  • Sarah Kasme-Junker, Medical
  • Kenisha Leggett, Acute Rehab
  • Jamie Perez, Case Management 
  • Melissa Sirek, Acute Rehab
  • Erica Tuggerson, Acute Rehab
  • Heather Williams, ICU Stepdown

2020 Student scholarships

  • Raya Damuth, South Sumter High
  • Remington Draney, Villages Charter School
  • Tiyannah Everett, South Sumter High
  • Bailey Knapp, South Sumter High
  • Ronald Parris, III, Wildwood Middle High
  • Amari Rocker, South Sumter High
  • Sonia Uribe, South Sumter High
  • Desiree Vera, South Sumter High

To apply for a healthcare scholarship, call 352.751.8871.