Bethany Chapman watched as the 2015 Class of the UPMC Chautauqua WCA School of Radiologic Technology graduated. The second-year student in the program had no idea she was about to receive the first Vincent Messina Memorial Scholarship for $1,000. Following the untimely death of Messina the scholarship in his memory was created by his family, co-workers at UPMC Chautauqua WCA and friends to benefit a student entering their second year of education at his alma mater. Messina was a member of the first class graduated from the locally based school that trains many of the radiology technologist at the hospital. Chapman received the honor and tuition assistance for her academic achievement, professional and corporate citizenship and need. An adult learner, Chapman returned to college and applied twice before mastering the requirements of the UPMC Chautauqua WCA School of Radiologic Technology.
“I left a full-time job that I absolutely loved with people I enjoyed to follow my dream and pursue this career,” said Chapman. “I researched medical careers and found that Radiology interested me most, particularly Radiation Therapy. I know you have to be a strong willed, strong hearted person to be with people in their most vulnerable, difficult times. Coming into this program has only confirmed that it will be the most rewarding for me.”
A rewarding career in Radiology is what Vince Messina had for 30 years at UPMC Chautauqua WCAl. To honor his memory and passion for people and golf, the Vincent Messina Memorial Golf Tournament was inaugurated in 2014. The family, friends and UPMC Chautauqua WCA co-workers who organized the two golf tournaments held to date have donated $40,000 to the fund in his name. While that money is given in perpetuity to continue this scholarship, the interest generated from it funds the scholarship.
With his mother, Kathy, and family surrounding him, Martin Messina bestowed delivered the presentation speech before giving Chapman her scholarship. Speaking about his dad, Martin Messina said, “Lives can be measured by the passions one has.” In the case of Bethany Chapman, finding her life path and following her passion for a fulfilling career paid off through the scholarship given in memory of a man who was measured as a mentor to many and friend to more.
For more information about how to make a tax deductible donation and support UPMC Chautauqua WCA with grants and scholarships given through WCA Foundation, contact Brigetta Overcash, Executive Director, P.O. Box 840, Jamestown, NY 14702-0840 or Brigetta.Overcash@wcahospital.org. You may also call WCA Foundation at 716-664-5461.