NEPA HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION SCHOLARS RECOGNIZED
SCRANTON, PA – The 2023 Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation Scholars were honored during the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s annual scholarship reception on Thursday, October 12, 2023.
PHOTO: 2023 Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation Scholars honored during Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s annual scholarship reception on Thursday, October 12, 2023. Seated row (left to right): Alivia Roberts ‘26, Abigail Glynn ‘27, Madison Ziobro ’27. Standing (left to right): Alexis Blackburn ‘26, Kyle-Allen Kidd ‘25, Rachel Simon ‘24, James Basting ‘24, Parita Ray ’25, with Cathy Fitzpatrick, Scranton Area Community Foundation Grants & Scholarship Manager. The Scranton Area Community Foundation administers the NEPA Health Care Foundation.
“Recipients of this prestigious scholarship have demonstrated a commitment to practicing medicine in Northeastern Pennsylvania and a strong history of service to the community,” stated Laura Ducceschi, President and CEO of the Scranton Area Community Foundation, which administers the NEPA Health Care Foundation. “The financial assistance this program provides grants these scholars the freedom to stay here in the region and care for our neighbors while falling in line with the NEPA Health Care Foundation’s mission to improve the region’s health and well-being.” The NEPA Health Care Foundation is in its tenth year of a $3.2 million commitment to the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine for scholarship support for incoming first-year medical students from Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming counties. The NEPA Health Care Foundation Scholars program covers full tuition for these scholars, who indicate a commitment to practice medicine in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Additionally, the NEPA Health Care Foundation has provided over $800,000 in grant support to a variety of organizations, including Lackawanna College, United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA, Children’s Service Center, The Greater Hazleton Partners in Education, Northern Tier Industry and Education Consortium, and Saint Joseph’s Center, through its Careers in Care initiative. The Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation’s Careers in Care initiative is a $1.7 million commitment over a three-year period (2020-2023). The Scranton Area Community Foundation administers the NEPA Health Care Foundation.
NEPA HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2022 CAREERS IN CARE NURSING SCHOLARSHIPS
$418,000 awarded in Year Two to support the growth and development of the nursing workforce in Northeastern Pennsylvania
In response to the acute shortage of nurses across the region and its effect on the health and wellness of Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation announces it has awarded $418,000 in its second year towards nursing scholarships for local students as part of its Careers in Care initiative.
The Careers in Care Nursing Scholarship Program has awarded 49 scholarships to students in Lackawanna, Luzerne, and Wyoming Counties who plan to pursue or who are pursuing nursing and who will practice in Northeastern Pennsylvania. These scholarship opportunities come during a time when there have been great strains on the healthcare workforce in Northeastern Pennsylvania. After significant interest in 2021, the Northeastern Pennsylvania Health Care Foundation increased the total amount available for scholarships in 2022 from the previous year. In 2021, a total of $190,312 was awarded to 21 students.