The Board of Directors of the Mad River Valley Health Center will award a $1000 scholarship in the spring 2023. This year’s scholarship is made possible, in part, by a generous donation from former Valley resident Bob Messner in memory of his wife, Louise, who was a dedicated Occupational Therapist. She practiced in a variety of settings from home health to the school system, from Boston to Texas and back, finally settling here in Vermont. She was a staunch advocate for all in need even after her retirement, creating a medical equipment loan program here in The Valley. She had an infectious spirit and never missed a moment to make you laugh.

Who: The scholarship is to be awarded to a resident of Warren, Waitsfield, Fayston or Moretown who exemplifies Louise’s spirit and dedication..

Qualification: The scholarship is to be awarded to a high school senior or current college student who is or will be enrolled in an accredited program leading to a degree in health care. Typical majors are nursing, physical therapy or occupational therapy. Other health related programs will be considered.

The MRV Health Center scholarship committee considers grades, need, extracurricular and volunteer activities. An essay which explains why the applicant has chosen a health care career path and what the scholarship would mean to them in achieving their goal will be considered in the decision process.

Applications for the scholarship must be received by May 10, 2023. A decision will be made by May 20, 2023.

Applicants must submit their high school transcript, a summary of extracurricular and volunteer activities and their brief essay to: Danielle T. Hampton at [email protected]. For any questions please call Danielle at (802)279-0885 or Suzanne Peterson at (802)793-5530. For a sample application, click here.

The winner of the 2022 scholarship was Isabel (“Izzy”) Moffroid. Izzy is studying for her graduate degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Vermont.