HARRISBURG, Pa. —The Lycoming County Medical Society announced two $3,000 medical school scholarship recipients:
- Alexandra Digenakis, of Williamsport, attends Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Philadelphia.
- Joshua R. Van Allen, of Williamsport, attends West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Lewisburg, West Virginia.
Digenakis' parents and stepparents Carol Digenakis and Norman Szamocki and Kim and Adriana Digenakis reside in Muncy. She plans to specialize in emergency medicine. Digenakis said, "I am committed to applying holistic care to the medical career I ultimately pursue. I plan to foster a combination of my medical knowledge, osteopathic manipulation training, counseling skills, and social-work related experiences to treat my patients. Another important contribution that I would like to make to the medical community is to be a good teacher. My past and current experiences teaching students have me devoted to furthering the advancement of medical education for future generations."
Van Allen, is the son of Greg and Lisa Zagozewski, and grandson of Don and Ruth Weaver of Williamsport. Van Allen said that at age 12, he lost his father to Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and now realizes that everything that has happened during his lifetime, both the good and the bad, directed him toward this path and has given him both the confidence and the courage to pursue his dream of becoming a physician.
Van Allen said, "My experience conducting a medical brigade in Honduras during my junior year at Penn State University taught me the importance of appreciating what one has and showing that appreciation by giving back to the community. I think that it is imperative that I practice medicine in Lycoming County because I want to give back to the community where I was raised out of both appreciation and reciprocity. Working in Honduras also made me realize just how badly underprivileged communities need quality health care. I know that keeping quality physicians in this area can prove difficult and I would like to be someone that helps assuage this growing problem."
In 2002, Lycoming County Medical Society began awarding the scholarship to benefit medical students from the county. Contributions from area physicians support the scholarship, and The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society administers the funds.
Lycoming County Medical Society provides member physicians with educational presentations, networking opportunities, and legislative and administrative support. It also serves as a community resource for public health information and communication.
The Foundation, a nonprofit affiliate of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, sustains the future of medicine in Pennsylvania by providing programs that support medical education, physician health, and excellence in practice. It has been helping to finance medical education for more than 60 years.
For information about this scholarship, call the Foundation's Student Financial Services office at (717) 558-7854.
Mission: The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society provides programs and services for individual physicians and others that improve the well-being of Pennsylvanians and sustain the future of medicine.