CMH Regional Health System awarded two $1,000 college scholarships to graduating seniors last week.
The scholarships, funded through events hosted by CMH’s employee engagement board and awarded annually to family members of CMH employees, were awarded this year to Hope Tira and Theodore Weber.
Tira, a graduate of Hillsboro High School, and Weber, a graduate of Archbishop Moeller High School, were selected in a blind review process by the scholarship committee for their demonstrated leadership, understanding of teamwork, and academic success.
Tira’s step-mother, Casie Tira, serves as Physician Liaison for CMH.
Tira was captain of her high school varsity soccer team for two years, and was praised by teammates and coaches for her humble leadership and ability to lead by example.
She plans on attending the University of Cincinnati, where she’s been accepted into the Communication Sciences and Disorders program. She will major in Speech Pathology, with an eventual goal of graduating with a master’s in Speech-Language Pathology before returning to her hometown to work in the local school district and rehabilitation centers.
Ted Weber’s father, Dr. Steven Weber, has worked with CMH for over 20 years, and currently practices with Blanchester Medical Services.
Weber was a member of the Pastoral Ministry Executive Board at Moeller, and shared his experience leading the annual blood drive, increasing student engagement, and learning about servant leadership.
He plans to attend Youngstown State University in an accelerated 2 + 4 year B.S./M.D. program. After two years at Youngstown State, he will attend Northeast Ohio Medical University.
He shared that while he doesn’t know what kind of physician he wants to be, he, like his dad, will be “a good one.”
Greg Nielsen, CEO of CMH, praised Tira and Weber for their high school accomplishments and spoke to the importance of offering the scholarship each year:
“Hope and Ted were selected by this year’s Scholarship Selection Committee based not only on their academic accomplishments, but on their demonstrated commitment to leading teams and achieving results,” Nielsen said. “We’re honored to present them with these well-deserved scholarships.
“Our employees are like family, and we know how exciting — and stressful — it is when you send your kids, grandkids, nieces, or nephews off to college. We started offering the scholarship as a way of honoring our employees as they support family members in furthering education, and we’re proud to continue the tradition each year.”