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The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society
June 30, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Foundation Offers Scholarships to Pa. Medical Students
Applications Accepted July 1–Sept. 30, 2017
HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society offers several scholarships available to Pennsylvania residents enrolled in fully accredited medical schools.
“We recognize that medical students play a vital role in the future of medicine in Pennsylvania so we proudly administer scholarships to deserving students across the commonwealth,” said Executive Director Heather Wilson. Additional scholarships are offered throughout the year and information can be found on the Foundation’s website at
The following scholarships accept applications July 1 through Sept. 30, 2017:
Allegheny County Medical Society Medical Student Scholarship Application Available
Allegheny County Medical Society (ACMS) Foundation, in conjunction with The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, is offering a $4,000 scholarship to third- or fourth-year Pennsylvania medical students from
Allegheny County. Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled full time in an accredited Pennsylvania medical school.
Allegheny County Medical Society’s mission is to provide leadership and advocacy for patients and physicians. The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society administers the fund for the ACMS Foundation, which encourages physicians to contribute to the scholarship to help area students offset the cost of medical education. In 2004, ACMS Foundation established the scholarship and distributed its first award in 2007.
Scholarships Available for Blair County Residents
Blair County Medical Society (BCMS), in conjunction with The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, is offering a $2,000 scholarship to a medical student who resides in
Blair County. This award is available to second-, third-, and fourth-year medical students enrolled full time in an accredited U.S. medical school.
BCMS established the fund in September 2013 with $50,000. The purpose is to assist Pennsylvania residents from Blair County with the cost of attending medical school.
Scholarship Available to Lehigh County Residents
The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society in conjunction with the Lehigh County Medical Auxiliary’s Scholarship and Education Fund, Inc. is offering its $2,500 LeCoMASE Medical Student Scholarship award. Medical students who are residents of
Lehigh County are eligible to apply. Additionally, students must be enrolled full time in an accredited U.S. medical school.
The Lehigh County Medical Auxiliary’s Scholarship and Education Fund, Inc., established this fund within the Foundation to assist Lehigh County residents with the cost of attending medical school. Individuals are invited to contribute to the fund to secure its future.
Scholarship Available for Lycoming County Residents
Lycoming County Medical Society, in conjunction with The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, is pleased to announce the availability of the 2017 Lycoming County Medical Society Scholarship. Two $3,000 awards are available to first- through fourth-year medical students who reside in
Lycoming County and are enrolled full time in an accredited U.S. medical school.
Lycoming County Medical Society established the scholarship within the Foundation and presented the first award in 2002. Contributions from Lycoming County physicians made the fund possible. The society provides education, networking, and legislative support for member physicians.
Scholarships Available for Montgomery County Residents
Montgomery County Medical Society (MCMS) William W. Lander, MD, Medical Student Scholarship, in conjunction with The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, offers two $2,000 scholarships to medical students who reside in
Montgomery County. This award was recently named in honor of Dr. Lander who died earlier this year in Bryn Mawr. These awards are available to first-year medical students enrolled full time in an accredited U.S. medical school.
The awards are possible thanks to contributions from MCMS and area physicians. The MCMS mission is to represent and serve all physicians of Montgomery County and their patients in order to preserve the doctor-patient relationship; maintain safe, quality care; advance the practice of medicine; and enhance the role of medicine and health care within the community and across Montgomery County and Pennsylvania.
Foundation Offers Medical Student Scholarship to Berks, Lehigh, and Northampton County Residents
The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society is offering its annual $1,000 Myrtle Siegfried, MD, and Michael Vigilante, MD, Scholarship to first-year medical students who are residents of
Berks, Lehigh, or Northampton counties. Requirements include full-time enrollment in an accredited U.S. medical school. To help local medical students offset the cost of education, former Foundation trustee, Elena Pascal, and her sister, Carla Vigilante, established this scholarship in 1999 in memory of their parents who were Allentown physicians.
Scholarship for Students of South Asian Indian Heritage
The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society is offering a $2,000 Scholarship from the
Endowment for South Asian Students of Indian Descent. Students must be of South Asian Indian heritage and enrolled full time in their second, third, or fourth year at an accredited Pennsylvania medical school.
Jitendra M. Desai, MD, and Saryu J. Desai, MD, Sewickley, Pa., initiated this scholarship within the Foundation in 2002 to provide an opportunity for South Asian Indian students who demonstrate academic excellence. They invite others to contribute to the fund to secure its future.
In 2016, the Foundation awarded 16 scholarships totaling $37,500. The Foundation provided $485,400 in loans to 86 students across Pennsylvania. Since 1948, more than $20.1 million has been awarded to more than 4,500 students in the form of loans and scholarships to assist with education costs.
For information about these scholarships, call the Foundation’s Student Financial Services office at (717) 558-7852, or visit
The Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, sustains the future of medicine in Pennsylvania by providing programs supporting medical education, physician health, and excellence in practice. It has been helping to finance medical education for nearly 60 years. The Foundation offers scholarships and low-interest loans for medical students.