DOVER -- Demi Wisnieski of New Philadelphia was recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship from Union Hospital's UH TECH advisory board.

Wisnieski was one of 50 area high school students who attended the UH TECH medical career exploration camp at Union Hospital last November. UH TECH, which stands for Teens Exploring Careers in Healthcare, conducts career camps to provide students interested in a medical career an opportunity to gain an up-close, hands-on understanding about various healthcare careers at the hospital.

Wisnieski will graduate from Claymont High School in May has been accepted into the pre-medicine program at The Ohio State University as a biology major. She cites the experience of seeing her grandfather suffer from cancer as an influence in her decision to become a pediatric oncologist.

"Witnessing my hero battle this disease made me want to help others battling the same sickness. I want to help and encourage cancer patients and their families." Wisnieski said that one of her life's goals is to contribute to finding a cure for cancer.

Each year a scholarship applicant is selected from among graduating senior UH TECH attendees by the UH TECH advisory board. Eligibility requirements include UH TECH career camp attendance, completion of an application form, enrollment in an accredited college, university, or trade school in a healthcare-related program, and an essay explaining why the student has chosen to pursue a career in healthcare.

"My experience with the UH TECH Career Camp helped solidify my ambitions to help people and save lives," said Wisnieski. "I want to exhibit the same compassion and care for my patients that the UH TECH nurses and advisors described."

UH TECH will host another career camp in the fall. Watch for details on the hospital's web site at unionhospital.org or by "friending" UH on Facebook.