CULLOWHEE – Rhonda Decker of Asheville, a senior in the clinical laboratory sciences program at Western Carolina University, is the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship award from the Alpha Mu Tau honor society of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
Decker, who earned her associate degree at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in 2001 before enrolling at Western, received the award Friday, Aug. 1, as part of a clinical laboratory sciences department pinning ceremony associated with Western’s summer commencement exercises.
It was presented by Dan Southern, director of Western’s clinical laboratory sciences program and president of the N.C. Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Southern accepted the award on Decker’s behalf at the national meeting of the ASCLS in Philadelphia on July 23.
Decker is the second consecutive Western student to win a national scholarship from the ASCLS. Tiffany Dillard, a May graduate of Western’s clinical laboratory sciences program who is now working at Mission-St. Joseph’s Health System, received the scholarship last year.
Dillard and Deonna Williamson, also a May graduate of WCU’s clinical laboratory sciences program who is now working at Haywood Regional Medical Center, won both of the $500 state-level scholarships awarded last year by the N.C. Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
“We are proud that the academic excellence of students in our program continues to receive the recognition of our discipline’s professional organizations at both the state and national levels,” said Southern.
For more information about the clinical laboratory sciences program at Western, contact Southern at (828) 227-3512.