Jennifer Natishak of Browndale, Pa., has won the 2014 Lincoln C. Bailey Memorial Scholarship presented by the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA).
A sophomore at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pa., Ms. Natishak is scheduled to receive a bachelor’s in May 2016 with a major in medical imaging. She is the daughter of Michelle Natishak, who is a clerk for ISEA member company Gentex Corp., in Carbondale, Pa.
Gentex designs, develops and manufactures integrated systems for soldiers and pilots that require advanced helmet systems, ballistic and laser protective eyewear, electro-acoustic devices, oxygen accessories, and chemical and biological protective systems.
Ms. Natishak plans to continue her education and pursue her Master of Science in Organizational Management, allowing her the option in years to come of continuing to work on the technical side of the field. She is quite passionate about medical technology and sees it as her vehicle to help people throughout her future in the medical field.
“My parents have instilled the importance of higher education,” said Ms. Natishak, who lost her father in June 2011 unexpectedly. “My parents motivated me to strive for success and getting my education is how I intend to be successful.” She has a GPA of 3.92 and has been on the Dean’s list all three of her semesters at Misericordia University.
In addition to her academic achievement, Ms. Natishak spends 40 hours a week obtaining clinical experience at the Regional Hospital of Scranton, and works in a department store on the weekends. She is an assistant instructor for baton twirling and enjoys family time and outdoor activities.
An independent consultant affiliated with George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., selected Ms. Natishak from among 14 applicants based on academic performance and other factors.
The Bailey scholarship provides $2,500 each year to a deserving full-time student who is entering his or her junior year or senior year at an accredited college or university in the United States. ISEA established the scholarship in 1998 following the death of a safety equipment industry leader who expressed strong interest in education throughout his lengthy career.