Photo by Pam Hardin. Three Haywood Community College students were recently awarded scholarships from the North Carolina Healthcare Engineers Association (NCHEA) at their conference. Pictured left to right are student recipient Aaron Anderson, Dewberry Engineers Senior Project Manager Alex Harwell, student recipient William Stevenson, student recipient Amber Homan and Duke Regional Hospital Assistant Director of Engineering Services Larry Holder. 

Three Haywood Community College students were recently awarded scholarships from the North Carolina Healthcare Engineers Association (NCHEA) at their conference. Aaron Anderson, Computer-Integrated Machining student; Amber Homan, Associate in Science student and William Stevenson; Associate in Engineering student all were honored at the event. 

In order to be selected for this scholarship, students were recommended by faculty, have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and submit an essay.

Stevenson started his second year at HCC and works part-time while attending school. “Receiving this scholarship was unexpected but will definitely help out a lot with expenses,” he explains. “Attending the conference opened a lot of connections for me and could even lead to an internship.”

Stevenson decided to pursue a degree and career in engineering because of the opportunities in the field. 

NCHEA is a professional organization representing the North Carolina healthcare engineering field and a state chapter of the national parent organization American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE).  The organization provides education, advocacy, networking, and general professional development for members and their organizations. 

Healthcare Engineering is the buildings and systems supporting the clinical services in hospitals and other healthcare facilities.  It is the structures, boilers, generators, wiring, piping, floors, roofs, and ceilings that make up our healthcare facilities.  Professionals in the field are the designers, engineers, maintenance and facilities technicians, managers, supervisors, manufacturers, and builders of hospitals and healthcare facilities across the state.  

For more information about this scholarship or to give to the HCC Foundation, please call 828-627-4544 or email pahardin@haywood.edu.