Youth Volunteer at the Miami VA Healthcare System is Selected as the Recipient of $20,000 Scholarship

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South Florida Native Shannon Mathew Recognized as Nation's Top VA Youth Volunteer

“To be recognized as the top youth volunteer in the entire country is a reflection of her devotion and we are lucky that she volunteered with us," said Paul Russo, Director of the Miami VA Healthcare System.

Congratulations to Shannon Mathew for being selected as the recipient of the James H. Parke Memorial Fund Youth Scholarship first place winner in the amount of $20,000 dollars.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service and the Miami VA Healthcare System are extremely proud of Mathew’s dedication and accomplishments. It is evident that she is an outstanding student volunteer and has made many significant contributions in service to Veterans at the Miami VA Healthcare System.

Mathew was selected from a national pool of youth volunteers who choose to support our nation’s heroes at their local VA hospital.

“We couldn’t be happier for Shannon,” said Paul Russo, Director of the Miami VA Healthcare System. “To be recognized as the top youth volunteer in the entire country is a reflection of her devotion and we are lucky that she volunteered with us.”

The award will be presented at the William “Bill” Kling VA Outpatient Clinic located at 9800 West Commercial Boulevard, Sunrise, FL on March 5, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.

Shannon Mathew is the second Miami VA youth volunteer to win this award; Eileana Hernandez also received the scholarship in 2011.

The Miami VA Voluntary Service Summer Student program gives young adults from Miami-Dade and Broward County schools the chance to work alongside doctors, nurses and VA staff to make sure Veterans are comfortable and provided with high-quality healthcare.

Media interested in this event can contact Shane Suzuki at (786) 359-5243 or at shane.suzuki(at)va(dot)gov.

Who: Ms. Shannon Mathew
What: Recipient of James H. Memorial Fund Youth Scholarship
Where: William “Bill” Kling VA Outpatient Clinic
9800 West Commercial Boulevard, Sunrise, FL
When: March 5, 11:00 a.m.

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