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Prince Frederick, MD –The CalvertHealth Foundation is offering tuition assistance to area students pursuing higher education in medicine or allied health. Since its inception, the scholarship fund has awarded more than 400 scholarships totaling more than $515,000 in student assistance.

“Receiving this scholarship helped me pursue the career that I’ve always dreamed about,” said Glenn Jones, who graduated from medical school in May and is now doing his residency in pediatrics at University of Maryland Medical Center.

Jones, a 2009 Patuxent High School graduate, received the E. Anne Spitzer, MD Memorial Scholarship from 2014-2016. It was created in 1988 with funding by friends, family and the Calvert Medical Society in honor of the late family physician.

“The expenses of an undergraduate degree and medical school get to be overwhelming pretty fast,” said Jones, “and being able to have that extra help allowed me to breathe a bit easier.”

Early interest in medicine

His interest in medicine began at an early age when his 3-year-old brother was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. “Thanks to our family doctor and the physicians at CalvertHealth Medical Center and Children’s Medical Center in Washington, DC, my brother received the care he needed to survive and thrive.”

When Jones saw how medicine brought hope to the dismal circumstances faced by his family, he said, “I immediately wanted to be part of the care-providing process.”

Calvert County high school graduates who have been accepted into an accredited medical school may apply for the E. Anne Spitzer, MD Memorial Scholarship.

The Foundation is also accepting applications for the Allied Health scholarship. In order to be eligible for the Allied Health scholarship, applicants must be a full-time student who has been accepted at an accredited school of nursing or other allied health curriculum leading to licensure as a practical or registered nurse. Applicants should be residents of Calvert, Charles, St. Mary’s or Anne Arundel counties and have at least one year Maryland residency. Applications are due by April 30.

Specific guidelines and application forms are listed on the Foundation’s website at www.calverthealthfoundation.org/scholarship. For further information, please call the CalvertHealth Foundation at 410.414.4570.