Pictured:  Radiology Students: Lamont Rhim, Mackenzy Graziano, and Tammara Hodges, Director of Imaging Services, UPMC Chautauqua

The WCA Foundation was honored to present two students of UPMC Chautauqua School of Radiology with the Vincent and Kathleen Messina Memorial Scholarship Award at the school’s commencement on June 14, at UPMC Chautauqua.

The late Vincent Messina was a distinguished graduate from the first graduating class of radiology in 1969. He retired as senior technician after spending 25 years in a profession where he took enormous pride in caring for patients, guiding students, and colleagues. After his death, Messina’s wife Kathy, organized hospital co-workers and friends from the golf community to raise funds to create The Vincent and Katheen Messina Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund at the WCA Foundation. After Kathy’s death, her wishes were to continue supporting students pursuing their careers in the field her husband loved so deeply.

Each year, two students are selected to receive an award of $2,000. The scholarship advances the careers for students who have fulfilled their first year of study and will complete the requirements for graduation in 2025.

The WCA Foundation is pleased to present this year’s recipients: Mackenzy Graziano and Lamont Rhim with this very significant and special scholarship.

WCA Foundation Executive Director, Kristin Melville said, “Congratulations Mackenzy and Lamont as you continue to strive toward excellence in your career pathway. We are extremely proud to be a partner with UPMC Chautauqua and the School of Radiology to help further your studies.”

To make a gift in remembrance to The Vincent and Katheen Messina Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund at the WCA Foundation, contact: Kristin Melville, Executive Director at the WCA Foundation at Melvillek@upmc.edu or online at www.wcafoundationjamestown.org