Hospital Auxiliary Offering Scholarships

Second-year nursing school students who are residents in a four-county area can now apply for two $2,000 scholarships being offered by the Bradford Hospital Auxiliary.

Along with McKean County, the eligible scholarship area includes students from Potter, Cameron and Elk counties.

The scholarship applications are available at HeartStrings Gift Shop in the Outpatient Services Center lobby of Bradford Regional Medical Center (BRMC) and also in the nursing and financial aid departments of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and Jamestown Community College in Olean. The application forms can also be downloaded by going to www.brmc.com. April 23 is the deadline to submit the applications.

“Along with being a second-year nursing student and a resident of McKean, Potter, Cameron or Elk counties, the applicants must have a 2.7 grade-point average to qualify,” says Virginia Hauser, the Auxiliary’s executive director.

“These healthcare-related scholarships should prove to be very helpful to the recipients,” Mrs. Hauser notes.

The 77-year-old Auxiliary, with over 200 volunteers, has been giving out annual scholarships since the early 1950s, she says. Since the Auxiliary’s beginning, it has expanded in scope to raise awareness and funds and to provide volunteer services and support for BRMC services, programs, equipment, construction and community programs.

As evidence of its work, the Auxiliary donated $120,000 to the hospital in the last two years. This is part of the Auxiliary’s largest-ever $300,000 pledge for the Outpatient Services Center, which opened in January 2007. The Outpatient Services Center was part of BRMC’s $15 million “Building the Future” campus improvement project. The second phase of the campus improvement, completed last summer, included doubling the size of the Emergency Department and completely redesigning it to get patients admitted and treated more quickly, improve quality, safety and customer service.

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