Charles County Offers Nursing Scholarships

LA PLATA, MD—The Charles County Commissioners announced today that they are accepting applications for the 2007 Nursing/Allied Health Scholarship Program.

Scholarships are available for County residents in the following fields: Imaging Technicians (including Xray, MRI and Nuclear Medicine Technicians), Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Medical Coding Specialists, Social Workers, Nurses, Dental Technicians, and Speech Therapists, among others.

A five-member Scholarship Committee will evaluate each application. The Committee membership includes a medical doctor, an educator, a nurse, and two other individuals as determined by the County Commissioners. Applicants are judged on aptitude, interest, ability, financial need, cumulative grade point average and the community’s projected need for the requested field of training.

Awarded funds may be used for books, tuition, lab fees, and registration fees. The course of study must be completed at an accredited institution within Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia. Consideration will be given for students taking online programs. College applicants must be enrolled in the clinical portion of their studies, or, if in high school, enrolled in the RNStat Program. A verification from their college or high school is required. Priority is given to applicants who have received this scholarship in the prior year. If funds are limited, the Scholarship Committee will consider financial need and cumulative GPA as deciding factors. The amount of the scholarship varies between $500 - $1,000, with the exact amount determined by the Scholarship Committee (based upon the total number of applicants).

Upon completion of study, recipients will be required to practice in their field of study at least two years in the County at Civista Medical Center, the Charles County Department of Health, Charles County Public Schools, any Charles County long term care facility, community social service agencies, Hospice of Charles County, a home health care agency in Charles County, or with a private practitioner in Charles County.

Applications are now available year round. They can be picked up in the Charles County Commissioners Office, the College of Southern Maryland, the Guidance Counselor’s Office of each high school, and Civista Medical Center. Applications for spring 2007 scholarships are due by 4:30 PM on October 15, 2006. If you mail your application, it must be post marked on or before this deadline. No faxed copies will be accepted. Students must submit an original, sealed transcript, which includes their latest semester grades and cumulative grade point average.

For more information or to have an application mailed to you, call Carolyn Schoonover at (301) 645-0553 or (301) 870-3000 x2553 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or go to the Charles County Government’s website at to download the information and an application.

Source: Charles County Government

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