CAH Auxiliary offers medical scholarship

CAH Auxiliary offers medical scholarship

CARLINVILLE (Oct. 19, 2017) – For the last two years, Carlinville Area Hospital Auxiliary has awarded $1,000 scholarships to a Macoupin County high school graduate who intends to pursue a career in the medical field. The Auxiliary will award the scholarship again in the spring of 2018 and has distributed application forms to all of the county’s high school counselors.

Applicants must have maintained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher through their junior year. Eligible students must also submit a comprehensive list of community service/volunteer activities; a typed, one-page essay outlining why they want to pursue a medical career; and two letters of recommendation.

“The scholarship is obviously about encouraging students to enter the medical field, but it’s also about helping our Macoupin students and, in doing so, motivating them to return to our Macoupin towns when they start their careers in medicine,” said program coordinator Karen Lanzerotte. “That’s not a requirement for earning the scholarship, but what we hope is a byproduct of our promoting a medical career among our top Macoupin students. Whether the scholarship winner returns or goes elsewhere, he/she is contributing to better healthcare regionally, statewide or nationally. That’s what counts.”

The $1,000 scholarship is paid in two installments: the first $500 as soon as the recipient is accepted into an accredited college or university, and the second $500 after the first semester, as long as the student maintains a 3.0 grade point average.

For scholarship purposes, “medicalfield” includes pre-med/medical school, dental school, nursing programs, pharmacy school, radiology, and an array of occupational, physical and speech therapies, among other areas.

The Auxiliary’s scholarship committee will review all submitted applications and support information in March 2018 and then announce the winner in April. For more information, contact Jamie Bray at (217) 854-3868.