Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to the latest recipients of the Maxine Williams Scholarship:

Petrea Ashmore, CMA (AAMA), graduated in August from University of Alaska Southeast in Sitka, Alaska, and earned her CMA (AAMA) credential in September. Ashmore was drawn to medical assisting for several reasons, including wanting to help people, looking for a stable career to support her family, and enjoying diverse settings. “I feel that this profession, although may be difficult at times, will be very rewarding,” she shares.

Meanwhile Ashmore’s colleagues share reasons patients would enjoy a rewarding experience working with Ashmore. Ashmore is known for being an attentive, thorough, highly qualified individual with excellent communication skills and a generous spirit. A professor eloquently summarizes Ashmore’s contribution to patient care: “She embraces profes­sionalism consistent with the spirit of medical assisting.”

Amy Baron graduated from Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor, Maine, in August. Her desire to pursue a career as a medical assistant stems from her background in biology and human anatomy education. Baron wants to “make [herself] useful in health care in the community.”

Indeed, Baron is community driven, volunteering much of her time to events that benefit children and nature, despite long commutes. She is characterized by others as dedicated, responsible, intelligent, friendly, and a lifelong learner. Her educator summarizes, “I strongly believe that she will make lasting contributions to the medical assisting field.”

Tara Ramon, CMA (AAMA), graduated from Apollo Adult Education in June and earned her credential in July. She found her calling in medical assisting by taking care of her grandfather, which sparked her passion for serving others.

As a student, Ramon is praised for being bright, professional, engaged, and driven; she “possesses good lead­ership qualities that will surely benefit her in her career path,” according to one of Ramon’s educators. Another col­league shares how Ramon has promise as a medical assistant who can withstand the chaotic, unpredictable health care environment that exists today: “Tara has always been hardworking and resilient. She puts forth her best effort no matter how many obstacles she may encounter.”

Tamaragail Tarrant, CMA (AAMA), graduated from Greenville Technical College in August and earned her CMA (AAMA) credential in September. Tarrant’s passion for medical assisting is driven by her desire to improve the lives of patients, particularly women of color and their children. “I want to make an impact that will improve the overall quality of life within an underserved community in an innovative and compassionate way,” she says.

As a student, Tarrant earned high praise from her program director: “I cannot speak highly enough of Tamaragail’s professionalism and her commitment to serve others with dignity and respect. She … navigates stress­ful situations with empathy and poise.” As an employee, Tarrant is called an integral part of the team in both tangible and intangible ways. “What she does for the patients,” says her supervisor, “is far more than I can measure.”

Milena Thao graduated from Century College in May. Thao’s interest in medical assisting sprouted from her love of helping oth­ers and two, poignant personal experiences with medical assistants. “I want patients to be heard and to feel as though they really do matter,” she says.

During her academic career, Thao’s work ethic and passion for the profession has seen her through obstacles like earn­ing her degree as a first-time mother of a young child. As a student, Thao is praised for being hard working, driven, a helpful classmate, and a local volunteer. “Melina is one of the most professional, conscientious students I know,” writes one educator. “She has a strong commitment to the field of medical assisting.”