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St. Catharine student receives prized sonography scholarship


Frances Rodriguez, a second-year cardiac sonography student at St. Catharine College, has been selected to receive a highly sought-after scholarship award from the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), the only professional society dedicated to the field of echocardiography. The Alan D. Waggoner Student Sonographer Scholarship was established in 2001 in recognition of the many achievements, as well as dedicated service, of Mr. Waggoner to the ASE and to thousands of cardiac sonographers throughout the world.

Applicants are ranked on scores awarded in these areas: recommendation letters, personal accomplishments and academic records.  

The scholarship award includes $1,000 toward tuition expenses, a complimentary one-year ASE membership including subscription to the Journal of ASE (JASE), complimentary registration to the Scientific Sessions in Montreal, Canada this June, as well as up to $500 travel support. Recipients are invited to attend the Cardiac Sonography Council Annual Meeting during the conference, where they will be recognized for their achievement.

“I am certainly proud of Frances’ accomplishments and her desire to pursue this opportunity,” said Saretta Craft, Director of the Diagnostic Sonography Program at St. Catharine College. “I congratulate Frances on receiving this prized scholarship.”

"I am thankful for this opportunity and to Saretta Craft for her wonderful recommendation," Rodriguez said. "I hope to travel to Montreal in June for the conference."

Rodriguez is one of only 10 recipients to receive this scholarship nation-wide.