10 Years and Over $50,000 in Support for Aspiring Charlestown Students

This marks the tenth year that a consortium of affiliates from Partners HealthCare – MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center, MGH Institute of Health Professions, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital – will award the Charlestown Community Health Care Merit Scholarship.

Since the award’s inception, over $50,000 has been awarded to 22 high school seniors living in Charlestown who plan on enrolling in a program of study leading to a health career.

Throughout the years, we have named many amazing students with diverse life experiences: In 2010 alone, we awarded both fourth-generation Charlestown native Mary Gillen, who used her award to study respiratory therapy, and Mistral Horacius, a recent immigrant from Haiti and father of two who used his award to become nurse practitioner.

The scholarship is even a family tradition: Bridget Collier won the award in 2014, and her sister Caroline won in 2017. Bridget went on to pursue a degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Connecticut, and Caroline went on to study Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Maine. Recipients must demonstrate a commitment to community service in Charlestown, and winners over the past decade have served crucial roles in the community. Applicants have volunteered for Special Townies, mentored at the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club, coached youth sports at the Charlestown Community Center, and managed the food pantry at Harvest on Vine.

Applications for the 2018 Charlestown Community Health Care Merit Scholarship will be accepted through Thursday, May 31. View more information and apply at www.mghihp.edu/merit.

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