Chesley Hospital Foundation offering scholarships for Grey-Bruce healthcare students

The Chesley Hospital Foundation is offering scholarships to Grey-Bruce secondary students wanting to enter the healthcare field.

The two $500 bursaries, dubbed the Rural Healthcare Scholarship, come with the hope that more people will want to come back and work in a rural hospital.

“We are always looking at different ways that we can support and promote healthcare in our community,” said Shannyn Osborn, foundation coordinator. “One of the conversations that came abroad was how do we promote more people to get into the healthcare field? A lot of times it comes down to financial incentives and people being able to afford their education.”

Anyone pursuing any form of healthcare job is welcome to apply. That includes lab techs, personal support workers, nurses, ultrasound technicians, etc.

The application process is fairly simple, according to Osborn.

“The application is no more than one to two pages,” she said. “In that, they just need to include their personal contact information, the current high school they attend, and the accepted college or university with the degree type and total length of studies.”

A write-up is also required about why they’ve chosen a career in healthcare. Osborn said the length should be longer than a paragraph, but no more than one and a half pages. It is also required to include examples of how rural healthcare differs from that of an urban centre.

“We’re hoping that people will see this opportunity as a great way to help add some financial incentive into their schooling,” said Osborn. “Definitely follow the foundation, follow any of your local foundations, and get a feel for what hospital foundations do for their community.”

For those who aren’t in the Grey-Bruce area, Osborn encourages you to reach out to your local foundation because they may have similar incentives available for secondary students.

Applications can be found on their website. They will be accepted until May 31 via email, mail, or can be dropped off in-person.

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