PHOENIXVILLE — The Greater Phoenixville Healthcare Scholarship Program has been providing college scholarships since 1995. Since then over one hundred scholarships have been awarded to high school graduates pursuing health-related careers.
All graduating seniors who are pursuing careers in a health-related field of study are eligible to apply. The program draws from Phoenixville area school districts that include Great Valley, Methacton, Owen J. Roberts, Perkiomen Valley, Phoenixville, Pottsgrove and Spring-Ford School Districts, as well as the Technical College High School, Pope John Paul VI, and the Western Center for Technical Studies. This year seventeen students applied for the scholarships representing Great Valley, Methacton, Owen J. Roberts, Perkiomen Valley, Phoenixville, and Spring-Ford. Six scholarships were awarded.
These scholarships are funded by the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation, and the Phoenixville Hospital Thrift Shop – six scholarships in all. All scholarships are $8,000 payable throughout four years.
Karen Cohen of Malvern will graduate from Great Valley High School and will be attending the University of Pittsburgh majoring in Psychology. “There are so many tasks that a healthcare professional must do: treat multiple patients, diagnose, treat and then chart everything. I want to be a doctor and I want to make a difference, but I hope to be able to do those things but do them while serving as a beacon of light for my future patients as well.”
Chad Anthony Komar of Phoenixville will graduate from Phoenixville Area High School and will be attending the University of Pennsylvania majoring in Mathematics. “I have excelled academically with the goal to enter UPenn’s medical school. In the next four years of my life, I am going to strive for excellence. I am going to need to become stronger, mentally and emotionally, as a person so I can use my life to help others.”
Stephen Krieble of Royersford will graduate from Spring-Ford High School and will be attending Eastern University majoring in Biology. “By pursuing a physician’s assistant degree, my goal is to make an impact on people’s lives. Improving someone’s quality of life is something I find very important. Whether I work in private practice or a hospital, I will be using my skills and education to aid people who need the help.”
Erin Little of Pottstown will graduate from Owen J. Roberts High School and will be attending Widener University majoring in Nursing. “My reasons for pursuing a healthcare career are based on my own personal interactions with the health care profession. These experiences are what have led me to pursue nursing – it is my way of ‘paying it forward’ and thanking those who have helped me along the way.”
Andrew Lowery of Collegeville will graduate from Methacton High School and will be attending University of Pittsburgh majoring in Biology. “I want to make a difference in someone’s life. As a Physician Assistant I will make a difference because I will spend my life in the service of others. This will be rewarding to me because I will have hands-on experience with patients. Getting out into the world and assisting someone where it truly counts has been an enormous goal and I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my life that caring for others.”
Rosalyn Roberts of Phoenixville will graduate from Phoenixville High School and will be attending Temple University majoring in Psychology. “I have always wondered what makes people think the way they do? What motivates people and makes them happy? I want to gain the skills to discover the answers to these questions, and help others find these answers for themselves. My passion is to help others fight their battles with someone on their side. Through practicing mental health therapy, I will help people lead better lives.”
Lynn Pike Hartman, vice president for programs with the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation facilitates the Scholarship Selection Committee activities. The committee was comprised of representatives from the 2013 scholarship partners: Richard Kunsch Sr. and Timothy Durkin from the foundation; Suzanne Ross and Janet Reading from the Thrift Shop.
For application information for the 2014 Greater Phoenixville Healthcare Scholarship Program contact Hartman at 610-917-9890 or through the foundation’s website: www.pchf1.org. Information on the 2014 scholarship program will be sent to schools and media outlets in December 2013.
-Submitted by the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation