Recent Fox Chapel Area graduate Gina Wang spent the final two years of high school volunteering at UPMC St. Margaret, escorting patients to physical therapy appointments.
For her efforts, she earned the 2019 UPMC St. Margaret student volunteer scholarship worth $1,000.
Officials at the hospital, near Aspinwall, said Wang was a valued volunteer and called her outgoing and dependable.
“She was instrumental in training new volunteers in the physical therapy department, teaching them how to safely transport patients to and from their therapy sessions,” Diane Kolling, director of volunteer and guest services, said.
Wang graduated on June 9 and plans to become a physician. This fall, she begins pre-med studies with computational biology at the University of Pittsburgh.
Her goal is to work in a medically underserved area of the world.
Wang said it was her sister, a previous hospital volunteer, who inspired her to give her time at the hospital.
“We are very proud that UPMC St. Margaret was one of the stops on her journey to become a physician and wish her the best of luck in the future,” Kolling said.
Wang’s volunteer experience, she said, offered her the chance to interact with patients who shared stories about their own volunteer experience and gave her encouragement and advice.
In turn, Wang said she particularly enjoyed mentoring new volunteers.
During high school, Wang served as president of the Distinguished Ethnic Society of India and the Asian Culture Club. She also co-founded and served as co-president of the Helping Children Tomorrow Club.
She performs at local and international fairs with Yanlai Dance Academy and tutors elementary students at a local library.
Wang said she plans to take some time off this summer and enjoy a trip to Beijing with her family before starting college.