The TCMH Healthcare Foundation presented ,000 scholarship checks to Holly Pittman and Gina Ross this week. Pictured are, from left: board members, Maggie Ogden and Jim Bukowsky; Pittman; Ross; Jay Gentry, foundation director; Wes Murray, TCMH chief executive officer; and Jared Pyatt, foundation board member. (File photo)


TCMH Healthcare Foundation offers fall scholarships

The Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation is accepting applications for two $1,000 scholarships for the fall of 2010.

The scholarship program is designed to assist students that are pursuing or planning to pursue education in a healthcare-related field. The foundation is in its fourth year of awarding scholarships in the fall and the spring. Students from towns across the county have received the scholarships.

“Educational scholarships are a major focus area of the Healthcare Foundation,” said Jay Gentry, foundation director. “The board of directors of the foundation recognizes the need to assist areas students in their educational endeavors with hopes that the student will return to or stay in the Texas County area to provide healthcare services to area residents after receiving additional education.”

The foundation hosts an annual golf tournament to raise money for the scholarship program. This year’s tournament is June 12.

Eligible students for the scholarships must be accepted to enrolled in an accredited university, college or post-secondary training program in a healthcare-related field. Only residents of the TCMH service area — all of Texas County and Mountain Grove — are eligible.

The scholarship application asks for information about the student and requires a short essay about the student’s career and educational goals. Applicants are also asked to list community involvement activities on their application, and they may be asked to meet with foundation board members for a short personal interview.

The deadline is July 1. Recipients will be announced Sept. 1.

In addition to raising money through the annual golf tournament, Gentry noted that the foundation is also able to set up scholarships that are named in memory or in honor of someone.

For more information about the scholarship program or to receive an application, contact Gentry by phone at 417-967-1377 or 866-967-3311, ext. 377. You may also e-mail



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