Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation Announces $5,000 Scholarship Recipient

After careful consideration by the Board of Directors, the Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation (OCIF) is proud to award Griffith Hatalla with its annual Foundation scholarship. The $5,000 award provides tuition assistance to a full-time, college-bound student majoring in a health-related field.

Dr. Rod Herrin presented the scholarship to Griffin Hatalla at an awards ceremony at North Mac High School.

Griffith is a senior at North Mac High School and is the son of Cory and Amy Hatalla. He plans to attend Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville for Biological Studies in the fall., with the ultimate goal of becoming a pediatric orthopedic surgeon. He has a 4.306 GPA and ranks in the 95th percentile of his class of 102 students at North Mac. His school activities include the Football Team, Baseball Team, Key Club, Student Council, and National Honor Society.

The Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation was formed to support projects promoting patient education, continuing medical education, and regional charitable organizations.  Since its creation in 2004, OCIF has awarded almost $250,000 to local charities and those pursuing careers in the medical field.