MORRISTOWN, NJ -  Women's Association for Morristown Medical Center Board Member patricia Colbert, presented Newark Academy senior Melisa Yaman with the Ruth Award. WAMMC’s Ruth Award is presented annually to a senior high school student who is an active Morristown Medical Center volunteer and completes more than 50 hours and six months of consecutive service.

Yaman was recognized with the Ruth Award for more than 350 hours of service over four years and shared that, based on her volunteer experience at Morristown Medical Center, she plans to pursue a career in community-based research to benefit women’s health.

The Ruth Award, which is a one-time award of $500 to offset the cost of college tuition, is designed to recognize outstanding service to Morristown Medical Center for dependability, loyalty and unselfish service to others. This award was created in honor of Ruth Epstein, a devoted WAMMC member and President from 1967-1970. Epstein was dedicated to helping others and exemplified the volunteer spirit.

Senior high school students who volunteer at Morristown Medical Center may choose to complete an award application, along with an essay, for consideration. One winner is selected each year by the Hospital Liaison Committee.