Auxiliary Scholarship

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

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Introducing the Pinnacle Health Auxiliary Ernest R. McDowell Health Career Scholarship

Since its inception in 1988, the Pinnacle Health Auxiliary has been committed to empowering aspiring healthcare professionals in the Greater Harrisburg area. To date, we have proudly awarded over $1,327,500 in scholarships to more than 1,232 deserving students. Now, we are thrilled to introduce you to the Ernest R. McDowell Health Career Scholarship program, our flagship initiative dedicated to fostering excellence in healthcare-related fields.

The Ernest R. McDowell Health Career Scholarship is a testament to our unwavering dedication to nurturing the next generation of healthcare leaders. If you are pursuing a career in the medical field, whether it be medical school, nursing, pre-med, pharmacy, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, radiology, or any other technical discipline, this scholarship program is designed for you.

To be eligible for this opportunity, applicants must either reside in the Greater Harrisburg area or have a strong connection with UPMC Harrisburg, Community Osteopathic, or West Shore. We believe that supporting local talent is the key to building a healthier future for our community.

The application period for 2024 is now open, running from January 1 to March 31, 2024. Our dedicated Pinnacle Health Auxiliary Scholarship Committee meticulously reviews all applications, and the selected recipients will be announced in late spring. Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $2,000 will be awarded to assist with educational expenses. The best part is that students in good academic standing who receive the scholarship are welcome to reapply annually, ensuring continued support throughout their educational journey.

Don't miss the chance to be a part of this transformative scholarship program! For the 2024 application cycle, please ensure your application is received or postmarked by March 31, 2024, to be considered by the committee. Recipients will be notified prior to June 15, and if you do not receive notification by this date, please remember that all applicants are encouraged to reapply each year.

Join us in shaping the future of healthcare. Apply for the Ernest R. McDowell Health Career Scholarship today and take your first step towards a rewarding and impactful career in healthcare. Your journey starts here with the Pinnacle Health Auxiliary.