Seven area high school graduates and one TriStar Horizon employee have been selected to receive scholarship awards totaling $7,500 through the TriStar Horizon Volunteers Scholarship Program.

Creek Wood High School students that received the scholarship were Bailey Christy, Audrie Elizabeth Moore, and Brooklyn Wall.

Christy and Moore both plan to attend Tennessee Technological University and pursue a degree in nursing. Both students also graduated with distinction in the top 10 percent. Wall plans to attend Nashville State and aspires to be a labor and delivery nurse.

Students receiving the scholarship from Dickson County High School were Brianna McCann, Kaylee Miller, Kaley Hatfield and Caitlin Elizabeth Pierce.

Both Miller and Hatfield plan to attend Columbia State. Miller will pursue a nursing career and enjoys volunteering, specifically with children and the elderly. At Columbia State, Hatfield plans to become an x-ray technician. She was first runner-up Dickson County Miss Fairest of the Fair.

McCann and Pierce both plan to pursue a degree in nursing. McCann will attend Austin Peay University and is currently a clinical intern student. Pierce will go to the University of Tennessee at Martin. She won the Health Science Award at DCHS and received honorable mention for the Girls Citizenship Award.

Christina Grimes, an employee at TriStar Horizon's Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, received a scholarship for her pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Freed-Hardeman University.

Scholarships from the TriStar Horizon Volunteers are awarded annually to eligible high school seniors from Creek Wood and Dickson County High Schools as well as TriStar Horizon employees who wish to continue their education in a healthcare related field.

"We are proud to provide scholarships to these deserving individuals," said Eloise Jones, chairman of the TriStar Horizon Volunteers Scholarship Committee. "We are confident they will succeed in life and appreciate their passion for entering the health care field to care for others."