The Spears

The Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation plans to award $5,400 in educational scholarships for the fall 2012 academic year, the group announced last week.

The scholarship program is designed to assist students that are pursuing or planning to pursue education in a healthcare-related field or students working in healthcare that are pursuing additional education for their current career.

The foundation is in its sixth year of awarding scholarships in the fall and the spring. Students from towns across the county have received the scholarships.

In addition to two scholarships from the TCMH Healthcare Foundation, the foundation will also award the “Dr. Joe L. and Judith T. Spears Memorial Scholarship” and the “Dr. Eugene Charles Honeywell Memorial Scholarship.” Both are endowed funds that are awarded to a deserving student annually.

“Educational scholarships are a major focus area of the healthcare foundation,” said Jay Gentry, TCMH Healthcare 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.”

Endowed scholarships provide some of the educational funds, and the foundation hosts an annual golf tournament to raise money for the scholarship program. It is June 9.

Eligible students for the scholarships must be accepted to or enrolled in an accredited university, college or post-secondary training program. Residents of the TCMH service area — all of Texas County and Mountain Grove — and students that are graduates of Texas County and Mountain Grove schools are eligible. Applicants already pursuing a career in a healthcare organization, or applicants planning to pursue a career in a health field with direct patient care are eligible to apply for the scholarships.

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, and they may be asked to meet with foundation board members for a short personal interview.

The deadline for the fall scholarship applications is July 1. Awards for the scholarship will be announced by Sept. 1.

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, or by email at jgentry@tcmh.org. The scholarship application and complete details are also available on the hospital’s website under “TCMH Foundation” at www.tcmh.org.

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