Auxiliary Scholarship

Ernie McDowell with past Auxiliary Presidents, from left, Joyce Acri, Jane Gramling, and Pat Hamsher

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The Ernest R. McDowell Health Career Scholarship is a program of the Pinnacle Health Auxiliary. Since 1988, the Auxiliary has awarded scholarships to students who are pursuing a career in healthcare-related fields. Applicants must reside in the Greater Harrisburg area or have a connection with UPMC Harrisburg, Community Osteopathic, or West Shore. Previous recipients have studied health fields such as medical school, nursing, pre-med, pharmacy, physical therapy, speech-language, pathology, radiology, and many other technical fields.

The 2023 application period will open January 1, 2023, with the application available on our website. Completed applications are reviewed by the Pinnacle Health Auxiliary Scholarship Committee and funds are awarded in late spring. Scholarships from $500 to $1500 will be awarded for education expenses. Once the scholarship is awarded, students in good academic standing can reapply yearly.

The 2023 Application deadline is March 31, 2023. Applications must be received or postmarked by this date for consideration by the committee. Recipients will be notified before June 15. If you are not notified by June 15, you were

not chosen to receive a scholarship. All applicants are invited to reapply yearly.