Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Martin Memorial Auxiliary, Martin Memorial Health Systems Give $50,000 in Scholarships

The Martin Memorial Auxiliary and Martin Memorial Health Systems recently awarded a total of $50,000 in scholarships to 48 students studying for health care careers.

The Auxiliary provided $40,000 in scholarships to 38 individuals. The scholarships were available to high school seniors graduating from schools in Martin or St. Lucie counties in 2010, as well as to verifiable residents of both counties seeking undergraduate or graduate degrees in health-related fields, or business fields related to delivering health care. That includes adults interested in going back to school to further their educations. Previous scholarship recipients can apply if they meet eligibility requirements outlined in the application.

Martin Memorial Health Systems provided another $10,000 in scholarships for 10 eligible associates of the health system seeking to enhance their education in clinical, educational or business fields related to health care.

Scholarship awards are granted for one year, beginning during the fall semester of 2010 and ending with the summer semester of 2011. A committee of Auxiliary members determined which candidates received scholarships and in what amount. Amounts awarded varied and were based on grades, residency, need, other financial assistance being granted and other criteria.

“We are investing in bright, talented individuals who will receive terrific educations that ultimately will benefit Treasure Coast residents,” said Shelley Guerard, president of the Martin Memorial Auxiliary Executive Committee. “Some are future physicians, nurses and therapists who will provide care for our community. Others will serve as managers and administrators to keep our health system vibrant. This modest investment ultimately will yield exceptionally high returns.”

Last year, the Martin Memorial Auxiliary and Martin Memorial Health Systems provided a total of $50,000 in scholarships with 56 recipients earning assistance. Since 1978, Martin Memorial has awarded approximately $1.1 million in scholarships to 824 residents of Martin and St. Lucie counties.

The Martin Memorial Auxiliary includes more than 800 volunteers who provide nearly 200,000 hours of volunteer service annually and contribute considerable philanthropic gifts to the health system. In 2009, the Auxiliary completed its $1 million pledge for the Frances Langford Heart Center. And in 2010, members pledged to raise $150,000 over three years to refurbish the conference center at Martin Memorial Medical Center.

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