Friday, August 10, 2012

Charlestown students receive leg up from scholarships

SUPPORTING SCHOLARS: From left, IHP Presi-dent Jan Bellack, RN, PhD, FAAN; Carrier; Massachusetts Sen. Sal DiDomenico; Shaheen; Oz Mondejar, vice president of Human Resources and Community Relations for Partners Continuing Care and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital; and Lorenzo Lewis, MD, director of MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center

After helping her mother, Pauline, through chemotherapy, Charlestown resident Caitlee Carrier knew a career in health care was the right decision for her. “I was meant to be in health care,” she says.

Carrier and Sarah Shaheen, also a Charlestown resident, have been named recipients of the 2012 Partners HealthCare Charlestown Merit Scholarship. Carrier, who received a $3,500 scholarship, is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in health care management at Elms College in Chicopee, where she will enter her junior year in September. Shaheen is attending MGH Institute of Health Professions, where she is in the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program. She received a $2,500 scholarship.

The two women were awarded the scholarships during a July 25 event at the institute’s Charlestown Navy Yard campus. This is the third year that three Partners HealthCare affiliates – the institute, MGH Charlestown HealthCare Center and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital – have collaborated to present these awards. The scholarships are given to Charlestown residents who have completed at least two semesters in a program of study leading to a non-physician health career at the associate degree level or higher and who have demon-strated leadership qualities through community service. The program has grown from one $1,500 award nine years ago to the current two awards totaling $6,000.

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