Natalia Salgado Quintero knows firsthand that hard work, paired with education and determination, allows for continued growth at the MGH. Three years ago, the native of Colombia – who came to the United States in 1999 – began her career as an administrative coordinator in the MGH Center for Faculty Development.

“I was happy in general being at MGH,” says Quintero. “My experience with the Center for Faculty Development was so positive and they were supportive every step of the way with my career development.”

Part of that journey included Quintero’s manager encouraging her to apply for the Support Service Employee Grant, a program available to eligible non-exempt employees in administrative, clinical, service or technical support roles. Quintero was selected as a grant recipient, and the funds are helping her to pay for her classes at Northeastern University, where she is enrolled in the Healthcare Management Program with an expected graduation date in spring 2019. As an additional benefit, the grant also paved the way for Quintero to participate in several informational interviews to learn more about the many departments within the hospital and possible jobs of interest for the future.

Two months after a meeting with the Development Office, an opening that Quintero was very interested in became available, and she was hired as a coordinator last October.

“Natalia is a truly wonderful addition to our team,” says Carol Taylor, executive director of Development.

Applications for the 2018 MGH Support Service Employee Grant will be accepted through May 16 at 5 pm. For information about the grant, the Tuition Assistance program or financial aid workshops, email

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