2012-02-23 / Local & State

FCMC Foundation Medical Scholarships Available Now


2009 FCMC scholarship recipient Elaina Truax 2009 FCMC scholarship recipient Elaina Truax Fulton County Medical Center Foundation announces the availability of scholarships for the 2012-2013 school year. Scholarships of up to $1,500 are available to any Fulton County graduating senior pursuing a degree in a healthcare field, children of FCMC employees who are entering or in a healthcare education program, and past recipients of the FCMC scholarship who have updated the Foundation on their education status and are continuing toward a healthcare education. Also this year, scholarships will be available to college students in a healthcare field who are either from the area or have a promising chance of returning to the area to practice healthcare. Candidates must complete an application that is available from any of the Fulton County high school guidance counselors, or by contacting Carol Hendershot at 717-485-6322, e-mail carolh2@fcmcpa.org. It is also available online at www.fcmcpa.org by clicking the “FCMC Foundation” link in the left-hand menu and then clicking “scholarship program”.

“By the year 2020, there won’t be enough doctors to care for those who are ill. The Fulton County Medical Center Foundation scholarship program is here to combat that reality,” said President and CEO Robert Roush. “We are pursuing as many avenues as possible to find students who are likely to either come to Fulton County or return home to practice healthcare,” he added.

Roush said that there were many stories from past recipients last year as students who received scholarships as high school seniors, either continued with or completed their healthcare educations. As an example, Elaina Truax graduated from Southern Fulton High School in 2009 and received a scholarship from the FCMC Foundation. She is a biochemistry student at Elizabethtown College and plans to graduate in spring 2013. She will apply to medical school and hopes to become a pediatrician. “Last year FCMC helped me receive my CNA (certified nursing assistant) diploma. This is going to give me invaluable experience in the healthcare field,” Elaina said.

The public is encouraged to contribute to the scholarship fund to help ensure that we avoid the inevitable doctor shortage. Please send your contribution to: FCMC Foundation, 214 Peach Orchard Road, McConnellsburg, PA 17233, or visit www.fcmcpa.org/foundation.html to give online. Choose PayPal and enter “scholarship” on the second screen under “description.”

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