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ASRT Foundation and Elekta Award More Than $20,000 in Scholarships to Radiation Therapy Students
Date:8/29/2012

ATLANTA and ALBUQUERQUE, Aug. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The ASRT Education and Research Foundation and Elekta are excited to announce the recipients of the 2012 Elekta Radiation Therapy Scholarship.

Made possible by a contribution of $23,000 in funding and support from Elekta, four scholarships of $5,000 each recently were awarded to entry-level radiation therapy students. Elekta has demonstrated its commitment to radiation therapy by providing $140,000 in scholarships since 2006.

"Because Elekta is dedicated to making cancer care technology as gentle, therapeutic and efficient as possible, we are committed to ensuring that users of this technology are adequately prepared from an educational standpoint to exploit its tremendous potential," says Jay Hoey, Executive Vice President, Elekta North America. "This is the reason why our partnership with the ASRT Education and Research Foundation is so critical. It provides a key opportunity to learn, share knowledge and enhance patient care."

This year's scholarship recipients are:

  • Lee Culp of Buffalo, N.Y., enrolled in an associate degree program at Erie Community College – City Campus.
  • David Dosanjh of Livermore, Calif., enrolled in an associate degree program at City College of San Francisco.
  • Njeri Kaittany-Gaines of Houston enrolled in a bachelor's degree program at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
  • Valerie Nix of Las Vegas enrolled in an associate degree program at the College of Southern Nevada.

To be eligible, applicants must be entry-level students enrolled in an accredited radiation therapy program.

Scholarship recipients submitted applications and were selected based on evidence of commitment, leadership, achievement and financial need. The Foundation's Scholarship Review Committee evaluated scholarship applications and provided recommendations to the Board of Trustees. Recipients were then approved by the Board of Trustees.

To learn more about scholarship programs, including eligibility requirements and application information, and for more information about the ASRT Education and Research Foundation, visit www.asrtfoundation.org.

For further information, please contact:
Stina Thorman, Vice President Corporate Communications, Elekta AB
Tel: +46 8 587 254 37, email: stina.thorman@elekta.com 
Time zone: CET: Central European Time

Michelle Joiner, Director, Global Public Relations and Brand Management, Elekta
Tel: +1 770-670-2447, email: michelle.joiner@elekta.com 
Time zone: ET: Eastern Time

About the ASRT Education and Research Foundation
The ASRT Education and Research Foundation supports and empowers medical imaging and radiation therapy professionals and students to pursue opportunities that improve patient care.

About Elekta
Elekta is a human care company pioneering significant innovations and clinical solutions for treating cancer and brain disorders. The company develops sophisticated, state-of-the-art tools and treatment planning systems for radiation therapy, radiosurgery and brachytherapy, as well as workflow enhancing software systems across the spectrum of cancer care. Stretching the boundaries of science and technology, providing intelligent and resource-efficient solutions that offer confidence to both healthcare providers and patients, Elekta aims to improve, prolong and even save patient lives.

Today, Elekta solutions in oncology and neurosurgery are used in over 6,000 hospitals worldwide. Elekta employs around 3,300 employees globally. The corporate headquarters is located in Stockholm, Sweden, and the company is listed on the Nordic Exchange under the ticker EKTAb. Website: www.elekta.com.


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