Health care student scholarships an 'important tradition' for Northumberland County hospital

With the substantial shortage of health care professionals, Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH) is hoping to entice students to consider a future at the west Northumberland hospital.

NHH is currently offering student scholarships for those who are pursuing health care as a career. The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. on Friday, March 29.

Created in 2003, the purpose of the Health Professions Scholarship program is to provide financial assistance to community students studying to be health care professionals. NHH president and CEO Susan Walsh said the program is key for the hospital and carries even more weight this year, given the challenges in the health care sector.

"The presentation of our annual Health Professions Scholarship has long been an important tradition at NHH," Walsh told kawarthaNOW.

"As the competition for health human resources has intensified, this scholarship program has taken on even greater significance. There are endless opportunities today for individuals interested in pursuing a career in health care," Walsh noted.

As a community hospital, NHH competes for talent with organizations not only in the region but right across the country — even globally, the CEO said.

"This scholarship program, while modest, aims to put (NHH) on the radar of local students pursuing future careers in health care."

Designed to help offset the cost of people's studies, the scholarship initiative encourages local students to seriously consider NHH when they graduate, NHH noted in a media release.

Any community student enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a full-time health profession or allied health profession program at an accredited university or community college within Canada is eligible to apply.

Academic, as well as extra-curricular activities are considered, and NHH said priority will be given to candidates pursuing graduate, junior- and senior-level studies in the following categories:

- Medicine - Nursing: RPN, BSN, and MSH degrees - Pharmacy: Bsc, Pharm and Pharm D. - Dietetics: BSc - Nurse Midwife - Physical Therapy: Graduate and Undergraduate - Occupational Therapy: Graduate and Undergraduate - Radiologic Technology: Mammography, C.T. and M.R.I. - Respiratory Therapist - Ultrasonographer - Health Records Administration - Medical Laboratory Technologist - Nuclear Medicine - Speech Language Pathologist

"We look forward to once again receiving applicants from students of all ages, across a diverse range of health professions. We thank each and every student for their time and consideration, and those who endorse them in their letters of recommendation," Walsh added.

Two awards of $1,500 each are being offered in 2024. Award recipients will be announced at a spring meeting of the NHH's board of directors.

For more information and to apply for a scholarship, visit this nhh.ca/Careers/StudentScholarship.

Natalie Hamilton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, KawarthaNOW