Students receive The Pittsburgh Foundation grant
The students in the Pittsburgh Foundation 3 are from left: Jason Jackson from Pittsburgh, Peter O'Connor from Boswell, and Christopher Lang from Pittsburgh. (Submitted photo)
The grant is funded by the West Allegheny Physicians’ Association Fund to help medical students from southwestern Pennsylvania.
“The Pittsburgh Foundation hopes that this will encourage students to come back and serve in that area,” said Sally Cooper, WVSOM Foundation executive director.
The annual donation is divided among first- and second-year students. They are: Brittany Beland from Bedford; Sarah Hocker from Bedford; Kenneth Klein from Uniontown; Lauryn Benninger from Smithfield; Jason Jackson from Pittsburgh; Christopher Lang from Pittsburgh; and Peter O’Connor from Boswell.
The scholarship recipients said it is helpful to receive financial assistance in medical school.
“It’s nice to get local support for academic endeavors,” Klein said.
“When I received the award notice I felt like it was a very generous donation,” Hocker added.
The scholarship, which has been distributed since 2000, has accounted for a total of $314,666 to 77 WVSOM students.
The Pittsburgh Foundation has been connecting its donors with the needs of the community since 1945. Donors who have established funds through the foundation give charitably to those in Pittsburgh and communities throughout the U.S. Because the foundation is a public charity, donors benefit from significant tax advantages. More than 1,000 individuals, families and organizations have established funds at The Pittsburgh Foundation.
WVSOM is a national leader in educating osteopathic physicians for primary care medicine in rural areas. Visit WVSOM online at www.wvsom.edu.