Tiana Stebens, currently a second year Medical Laboratory Technician student at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas, was awarded The Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Legacy Student Scholarship.
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Legacy scholarships of $2,000 each are available to ten students who are children, grandchildren, or siblings of clinical laboratory professionals who continue their family legacy by pursuing associate’s or bachelor’s degrees in NAACLS-accredited medical laboratory technician (MLT) or medical laboratory scientist (MLS) programs.
The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) partners with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics annually to award scholarships to clinical laboratory students. The purpose of these scholarships is to help defray education costs, promote medical laboratory science as a rewarding career, and to help address the workforce shortage of qualified professionals.
Stebens, who will complete the MLT program requirements in August, will be employed by Kearny County Hospital in Lakin.
Her grandfather, Jerry Horton, was a medical laboratory scientist (MLS). He earned a bachelor’s in general science from Fort Hays State University. He then became a MLS working at Kearny County Hospital from 1975-1985. He also served as the hospital administrator during that time. He has held employment in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Colorado.
Steben’s previous academic course work includes a bachelor’s of science degree in radiological technology. Tiana is employed both in the clinical laboratory and the radiology department and she has elected to seek formal training in medical laboratory science.
She has previously demonstrated a commitment to her academic goals. While attending Garden City Community College and Fort Hays State University, Tiana earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.66 and graduated from both institutions with honors. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa while attending Garden City Community College.
During the completion of the radiological technology program, Tiana was the health senator for the student government association at Fort Hays State University. She also demonstrated leadership skills as the president of the Association of Radiological Technology Students. Tiana is currently the publicity committee chairperson for the Kansas Society of Radiologic Technologists. In addition to Steben’s involvement in her professional organizations, she is also an active member of the United Methodist Women’s group.
“Tiana is an outstanding student and will be a tremendous addition to the medical laboratory science profession,” said Suzanne Campbell, MLT program coordinator. “She is knowledgeable, highly motivated, and will provide excellent care the patients that she will serve. I am proud to have Tiana as a graduate of the MLT program.”