The WCA Foundation celebrated the 2023 graduates of UPMC Chautauqua’s School of Radiology at their recent commencement ceremonies. Kristin Melville, executive director at the WCA Foundation presented the Murray S. Marsh Outstanding Student Scholarship Award to Courtney Graham. Melville said, “Courtney is a shining example of building collective energy. You can change the workplace, your community, and the world around you when you strive for success for all individuals.”

In addition to the Marsh award, the foundation honored the legacies of Vincent and Kathleen Messina. 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, hospital co-workers, and friends from the golf community raised funds to create The Vincent and Katheen Messina Memorial Scholarship Fund at the WCA Foundation. 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 2024.

Kylee Botticello and Nora Edwards were honored with this year’s Messina scholarship award. Melville said, “The Messina’s believed in their community and in a new generation of health care professionals who will ensure our families will continue to have excellent health care close to home.”

The WCA Foundation celebrates 41 years of supporting patient care, providing $10M in grant funds to WCA Hospital, and now UPMC Chautauqua. FMI: To donate or learn more, visit or contact their office located at Jones Health, 51 Glasgow Avenue, Jamestown, New York, 14702-0840, at 716-664-8665.

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l-r Kylee Botticello and Nora Edwards receive the Vincent and Kathleen Memorial Scholarship from Kristin Melville, executive director at the WCA Foundation at the 2023 UPMC Chautauqua School of Radiology Technology Graduation commencement. The scholarship award honors outstanding students who are in their first year of the radiology school and will continue their studies and graduate in 2024.

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l-r Courtney Graham a 2023 graduate of the UPMC Chautauqua School of Radiology Technology received the Murray S. Marsh Scholarship Award for Outstanding Student from Kristin Melville, executive director at the WCA Foundation. The Marsh scholarship was named after the late Murray S. Marsh who served as the chief operating officer at WCA Hospital. The endowment fund honors outstanding students pursuing careers in radiology and laboratory science with a $500 scholarship.