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PARKERSBURG — WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center has announced its annual scholarship opportunities for college students in a healthcare field through the Camden Clark Auxiliary and the Camden Clark Foundation totaling $10,500.

The foundation on behalf of the Camden Clark Nursing Alumnae will award two $1,500 scholarships in memory of Ella Bloomheart, former director of nursing, and Barbara Fonte, a grateful patient, to nursing students who have completed their first year at an accredited school of nursing.

Those applying for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

* Provide written documentation of acceptance to a registered nurse program accredited by the National League of Nursing.

* Live in the area served by WVU Medicine Camden Clark, which includes 11 counties in West Virginia and Ohio.

* Be enrolled and have completed one year as a nursing student.

Scholarship funds must be used within the next academic year. Application deadline is April 22.

The recipients will be notified and scholarships will be awarded in May. For more information, or to receive an application, contact Kim Couch at (304) 424-2200 or kim.couch@wvumedicine.org.

Completed applications can be mailed to Camden Clark Foundation, PO Box 1834, Parkersburg, WV 26102.

Based on meeting the criteria, the Auxiliary plans to award three $2,500 Leo D. Carsner (Memorial) scholarships to area students obtaining a degree in the healthcare field. Leo D. Carsner was the CEO and president of Camden Clark Memorial Hospital from 1963-1989.

Those applying for the scholarship must meet the following criteria:

* Live in the area served by WVU Medicine Camden Clark, which includes 11 counties in West Virginia and Ohio.

* Have completed one year of college at an accredited school or be in the final weeks of their first year carrying at least 12 credit hours.

“Being a recipient of the Camden Clark Auxiliary Scholarship has been extremely helpful in many ways. Not only does it help me pursue my career goals by providing financial assistance, but it motivates me knowing that those from my hometown are investing in my future,” said Tyler Lawrentz, a Parkersburg native and recipient of one of last year’s $2,500 scholarships. “Plus, working as a pharmacy intern at Camden Clark has been a great opportunity. I have gained valuable experience, met some great individuals, and I look forward to being in a position to potentially become a member of the healthcare team at WVU Medicine Camden Clark one day!”

Applicants will be judged on scholastic ability, leadership attributes, potential contribution to the health care field and financial need. Application deadline is April 22 and the scholarship funds are directly paid to the school.

Funding for the scholarships is made available by a variety of auxiliary projects. Scholarship recipients will be notified by phone or mail.

For more information or to receive an application, contact Margie Reed at (304) 424-2847 or marjorie.reed@wvumedicine.org. Applications also are available online at camdenclark.org under Volunteer Services.

Completed applications can be mailed to CCMC Volunteer Services, 800 Garfield Ave., Parkersburg, WV 26101.

Camden Clark is a 302 licensed-bed, not-for-profit, acute care facility that serves an 11-county, 250,000 resident region of West Virginia and Southeastern Ohio.

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