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Scholarship winners, Marshall North Medical Auxiliary
Scholarship winners Allyssa Shaw and Shiann Weaver got real-world experience while volunteering at Marshall North.

Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 05:00 PM

Hospital volunteer work a good head start for scholarship winners

Winners of annual Marshall North Auxiliary scholarships enjoyed a real-world introduction to their medical careers.

As a senior at Arab High School, Shiann Weaver knew she wanted a career in the medical field but she wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. So she volunteered as part of the Junior Volunteer program at Marshall North and began working in the ER last September. The 18-year-old soon decided she wanted to be a nurse practitioner, and the hospital’s Medical Center Auxiliary awarded her a $1,000 scholarship to get her started. 

“It will absolutely help with college,” said Shiann, who plans to attend Jacksonville State University in the fall.

“Shiann is a very hard worker,” said Audra Ford, ER director. “She works right alongside our tech, stocking rooms, assisting patients, providing drinks, etc. You would never know that she isn’t an employee. She does everything that is asked of her and with a smile on her face. She is very deserving of this scholarship and will do great in her nursing career.”

Shiann works 3-4 hours on Wednesday nights through the Junior Volunteer program. She found the emergency department really interesting – and busy!

“Every day I get to see new things,” she said. “I’m exposed to all the different things out there.” 

She was excited when she got the scholarship in May just before she graduated. And she is leaning toward returning to Marshall Medical after finishing her education. 

“Working in the ER made me want to come back,” she said. 

Shiann is the daughter of Amy and Steve Weaver of Union Grove.

Allyssa Shaw, who graduated from Asbury High School in May, also earned a $1,000 scholarship for her work as a Junior Volunteer at Marshall North. She started in the spring of 2017 and learned to do EKGs, clean rooms, how to treat patients and how to talk to doctors and nurses. She loved it. 

“I’m a people person,” she said. 

Family experience led to healthcare field

Allyssa plans to become a nurse practitioner and will begin classes in the fall at Wallace State. She was inspired by the premature birth of her nephew in 2016. 

“The nurses and doctors kept his parents calm and kept reassuring them that everything would be okay no matter what."

Allyssa is the daughter of Nonya and Earl Shaw of Asbury. 

She hopes to return to work at Marshall Medical after completing her education. 

“They have a good work ethic,” she said. 

Diane Butler, director of volunteer services at Marshall North, said the Auxiliary annually gives scholarships to Junior Volunteers who work during their senior year of high school, usually in the ER. 

“We like to give one scholarship to each school that has a Junior Volunteer who qualifies for a scholarship,” she said. “Most of our seniors do a wonderful job.  They are dependable and enjoy what they do.”  

The Junior Volunteer program at Marshall North provides young people with an opportunity to learn first-hand about medical careers and to be of genuine community service. Opportunities are coordinated around school and summer schedules. For information about volunteering, contact Diane Butler at (256)571-8010 or email


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