Northport student wins Whitten Scholarship
Killyan Richards, of Northport, has been awarded the Dana and Diane Whitten Scholarship for 2013. A graduate of Belfast Area High School, Killyan will attend Husson University in the fall to study nursing. Her ultimate goal is to work in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
She says her interest in children began when her sister was born, eleven years ago. She and her parents decided she would come to the delivery, which she was at first a little nervous about. But she prepared herself, even going so far as to watch Discovery Channel shows on newborns. “Dr. Schwenk, who was my mother’s doctor, even gave me a baby book to help me get ready,” Killyan says.
When the day came, she was right there and was even able to give her sister her first bath. Since that day, she has never looked back. She has always felt comfortable among children and enjoyed working with them. She has participated in numerous children’s extracurricular activities in Waldo County at her school, at the YMCA and elsewhere. She plans to continue these at Husson.
The Dana and Diane Whitten Scholarship is a cash prize awarded annually to a graduating senior from Belfast Area High School who has demonstrated a strong commitment to caring for and improving the lives of children. It was established in October 2006 to commemorate Dr. Whitten's 30 years of dedication to the children and families of mid-coast Maine. Its recipients have gone on to pursue degrees in nursing and education at several local universities.
Dr. Whitten established Belfast Pediatrics in 1976. He graduated from Harvard College with a Bachelor's Degree in 1961 and received his MD degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. Dr. Whitten works with Dr. Joseph Anderson and Dr. Jan Gorton at Belfast Pediatrics, with offices at Waldo County General Hospital.
The late Diane Whitten was a Registered Nurse and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Women and Infants Health Care Unit (WIHCU) and at Waldo County Home Health and Hospice, before becoming Belfast’s Public Health Nurse, a position she held until her death in 2011. She also worked with her husband in his practice. She is also remembered through a commemorative garden in Belfast City Park. In her tireless work for the families of Waldo County, she has left an indelible imprint on the community.
Killyan is the seventh annual recipient of the Dana and Diane Whitten Scholarship. Her experience working with children shows her dedication and makes her a fitting candidate to carry on the Whitten’s legacy of service to children.