LCCC Promise Scholarship Program Benefits Allentown School District Graduates Studying Healthcare
Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust funds new four-year program.
Students who are studying for careers in the healthcare field at Lehigh Carbon Community College are the first beneficiaries of the new Promise Scholarship Program.
Established with the financial support of The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust, the four-year program provides $1,000 scholarships for up to 25 students for two years each who are enrolled in LCCC’s Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physical Therapy Assistant, or Medical Assistant associate degree programs. Students must have graduated from Allen or Dieruff High Schools in the Allentown School District in order to qualify for the scholarship.
The first cohort of students began with the current fall semester, with a second cohort to be added in fall 2016. Upon graduation from the program, students will have the opportunity to interview for positions with Lehigh Valley Health Network.
The fall semester’s recipients are:
- Doreen Dia, Occupational Therapy Assistant program
- Angelica Garcia, Medical Assistant program
- Anna Gasiorowska, Medical Assistant program
- Randy Kemmerer, Physical Therapist Assistant program
- Kassandra Mendez, Medical Assistant program
“The Pool Trust’s support of the Promise scholarship program for graduates of the Allentown School District will enable students to attend LCCC and pursue a career in the health field who otherwise may not have had the chance,” said Trust Executive Director Edward F. Meehan, MPH. “Scholarships are targeted towards jobs currently in high demand including medical assistant, physical therapy assistant and occupational therapy assistant roles.”
“This scholarship further ensures that our students have the resources they need to be successful,” says Lehigh Carbon Community College President Dr. Ann Bieber. “The generosity of The Pool Trust gives Allentown graduates studying in these three programs at LCCC further incentive to complete their degrees and enter these high-demand career areas.”
“This grant helps to open the door for career pathways into health care and facilitates a wonderful relationship between our high schools, community college, and regional health providers,’ said Alexander J. Lemheney, Ed.D., Administrator in the Division of Education Simulation and Learning Center at Lehigh Valley Health Network. “As an institution this grant expands the talent pipeline for Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapy Assistants, and Medical Assistants. As a community we all benefit by attracting our youth into advanced studies in allied health professions. These jobs lead to future opportunities for advancement and possible long term careers in health care.”
Established in 1975 by Leonard Parker Pool, The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust serves as a resource that enables Lehigh Valley Health Network to be a superior regional hospital and improve the health of the citizens of the region it serves. Its focused areas of program support include Community Engagement, Primary Care/Community-Based Workforce Development, and Care System Redesign. www.PoolTrust.org