This week, the Medical Staff of Jackson Hospital awarded area students $6,500 in scholarships. This generous scholarship program, funded entirely by local physicians, enables local students to pursue studies in the medical sciences at Chipola College. The scholarships, based on academic achievement, character and the student’s financial needs, are endowed through the Chipola College Foundation, Marianna.
Richard Goff, M.D., Chairman of the Medical Staff’s Scholarship Committee says, "All who applied deserved a scholarship; it was very difficult work choosing 16 students from the pool of remarkable applicants."
Ten students each received $500 scholarships and another six students each received $250 scholarships. The scholarship monies are designated for tuition and book expenses.
The Medical Staff scholarships remove financial barriers that may prohibit access to students who dream of a career in health sciences. According to Dr. Goff, "Education is a good investment for our future."
Scholarship criteria for high school seniors are 3.0 High School GPA and residence in the five-county Chipola College District. Those who receive the Medical Staff Scholarship must maintain a 3.0 GPA at Chipola College. Medical Staff Scholarship applications will be available from the Foundation office beginning in March 2009 and carry a June 2009 deadline. For more information, contact Julie Fuqua of the Chipola College Foundation at (850) 718-2370.
Jackson Hospital has over 30 physicians on its Medical Staff and is a Top 100 Performance Improvement Leader in the nation according to Thomson/Reuters, the only Florida hospital in its size category to receive the 2007 Performance Improvement Leaders award for two consecutive years. The Hospital provides in-patient, outpatient, maternal care and emergency care services from its main location in Marianna at 4250 Hospital Drive.