February 3, 2012 > Supporting the Dreams of Future Health Care Professionals
Supporting the Dreams of Future Health Care Professionals
Washington Hospital Service League Offers Scholarship Opportunities
For today's students, financing college can mean having to cobble together funds from many different sources: loans, subsidized and unsubsidized; part-time work; parental help - and scholarships. Fortunately, the Washington Hospital Service League offers a chance for eligible students residing in the Washington Township Health Care District to receive some much-needed financial assistance.
The Washington Hospital Service League awards two scholarships annually to students in the Washington Township Health Care District - which includes Fremont, Newark, Union City, and parts of South Hayward and unincorporated Sunol - who are pursuing studies in a health-related field. The scholarships are awarded each year to graduating high school seniors and/or current college students.
Kathy Hunt, Chief of Organization Development at Washington Hospital, says the purpose of scholarships like the ones the Service League offers is simple.
"Today's students will be tomorrow's clinicians," she points out. "If those students return to the Fremont area, they could very well end up working for Washington Hospital. The hospital is a strong supporter of education, and this scholarship is one of the ways we help support students' endeavors and career goals."
And ultimately, the scholarship is another way of improving the health and wellness of Washington Township Health Care District residents.
"The Hospital mission speaks to providing educational resources and maintaining and improving the health of the residents," Hunt says. "By providing scholarships, we hopefully help students with their education goals, and in turn they may be able to give back to the community by providing health care to the residents of the Tri-City area."
Each scholarship is for $1,000 per year and is renewable each year for three additional years as long as the student remains in a health-related program. In addition, the student must continuously remain in good standing with a 2.5 GPA or higher. The scholarship is limited to four years. This year, the Service League will also award two one-time scholarships of $1,000 each.
To qualify for the Service League Scholarship, an applicant must:
* Be a U.S. citizen and reside in the Washington Township Health Care District;
* Be age 22 or younger as of December 31, 2012;
* Be accepted into an accredited school, college, or university offering a bachelor's or higher degree in a health-related field;
* Be a full time student;
* Contribute to the community by accruing at least 100 hours of volunteer service or working in a health-related field.
Gail Tomita, the scholarship's chairman, points out that in addition to the renewable four-year scholarship, the Service League will also award a one-time $1,000 scholarship to one local student. Tomita says she became a Service League volunteer because she wanted to give back.
"I had retired, and I had been a patient at Washington Hospital many years ago," she says. "I had many friends who worked there, and I inquired about volunteering because I wanted to get involved."
Since the scholarship's inception, the Service League has donated more than $250,000 in scholarship money which has helped more than 120 students fulfill their dreams of going to college.
For more information about this scholarship program, please call the Service League office at (510) 791-3465. The deadline to apply for these scholarships is Sunday, April 1.
Other scholarship opportunities
In addition to the scholarships funded by the Service League, three separate Washington Hospital organizations offer scholarships to eligible students. These departments include the Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation, Washington Hospital's Medical Staff, and the Washington Hospital Employees' Association.
The Washington Hospital Healthcare Foundation offers two scholarships annually in the memory of former Washington Hospital Medical Staff physicians. The Steven P. Mitchell, M.D. Scholarship and The Franco Beretta, M.D. Scholarship are both in the amount of $2,500.
Each of these two scholarships is awarded to a college student who is pursuing a medical degree. All applicants must be enrolled in or have proof of acceptance to an accredited U.S. medical school. The students must be a resident or former resident of the Washington Township Health Care District or have significant ties to the district.
To learn more information about these scholarships, please call the foundation at (510) 791-3428.
The Washington Hospital Medical Staff offers seven scholarships each year to students residing in the district who are pursuing careers in the health sciences field.
* Employee Scholarships - Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded to Washington Hospital employees pursuing additional education.
* High School/College Student Scholarships - Any student entering a health science field or college students currently enrolled can apply for the Washington Hospital Medical Staff Scholarship ($1,500), Robert Foley, M.D., Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) and the Devorah Taghioff Scholarship ($1,000).
* Nursing Scholarships - A $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the nursing program at San Jose State University and another $1,000 scholarship is awarded to an Ohlone College nursing student.
For applications or additional information about the scholarship program, call the Medical Staff office at (510) 791-3446.
The Washington Hospital Employees' Association (WHEA) offers a $2,000 annual scholarship. The Don Pickinpaugh Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a dependent of a Washington Hospital employee. Applicants must be either a graduating high school student or college student who plans to attend an accredited community college or university.
For more information about the WHEA Scholarship, please call Mike Rogers at (510) 608-1320.
Download a Scholarship Application
Please visit www.whhs.com/community/scholarship-opportunities to download a scholarship application and to learn more information about the numerous scholarships that are offered through the organizations in the Washington Township Health Care District family.
Photo Caption: Alexander Prucha (left) received a health career scholarship from the Washington Hospital Service League in 2010. Each year, four separate Washington Hospital organizations award 14 different scholarships. To download an application or to learn more about each specific scholarship, visit www.whhs.com/community/scholarship-opportunities.