The Board of Directors of the Mad River Valley Health Center will be awarding a $1000 scholarship for the year 2024. This year’s scholarship was 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 available to residents of Warren, Waitsfield, Fayston or Moretown who exemplify Louise’s spirit and dedication.

Qualification: The scholarship is 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 is considered in the decision process.

Applications for the scholarship must be received by May 20, 2024. A decision will be made by May 31, 2024.

Applicants must submit their high school transcript, a summary of extracurricular and volunteer activities and a brief essay to: Mike Curtin, [email protected]. For a sample application, click here. (If necessary, the above information can be sent via regular mail to Mad River Valley Health Center, Attn: Scholarship Committee, PO Box 1990, Waitsfield, VT 05673. Be sure to notify Mike Curtin via e-mail that a package has been submitted by regular mail.)

Past winners include Isabel (“Izzy”) Moffroid whose studies focused on speech-language pathology and Shannon Adams who is studying for her nursing degree.