Concord Hospital Trust Scholarship Fund
Who is Eligible?
Students who have resided in Concord Hospital’s service area for at least one year, as of the application deadline, who have graduated from a high school within the Hospital’s service area, are employed by Concord Hospital or have passed the General Education Development (GED)/HiSet test and have been accepted into an accredited nursing or allied healthcare profession program.
Concord Hospital’s School of Nursing closed in 1989, but it continues to help the next generation of nurses and other health professionals achieve their goals through the Concord Hospital Trust Scholarship Fund.
The Fund was established with a number of scholarships originally established to support the School of Nursing. Combined with more recently established scholarships and other donations, it awards thousands of dollars each year to students of nursing and allied healthcare fields such as social work, physical therapy and nutrition.
Since awarding its first scholarships in 2010, the Fund has presented more than $345,000 to 146 students. On average, 16 students a year each receive $500 to several thousand dollars toward their educational expenses. Concord Hospital Trust’s Scholarship Subcommittee reviews an average of 45 applications a year, assessing each applicant’s financial need, academic performance and personal character.
In 2019, the Trust awarded $51,000 to 21 students, bringing joy to those who received the awards — and to those who presented them.
“As a recent graduate myself, I know the struggles and stress of trying to afford your education,” said Concord Hospital Trust Associate Jessica Lassonde (shown below), who coordinates the scholarship program and helps students with their applications.
“Being involved with the Scholarship Fund gives me an opportunity to help relieve that stress and those struggles for other students,” she said. “That’s what brings me joy — being able to give back and help other students focus on what is most important; their education.”
Presentations were made at a special luncheon, which makes for a special moment. Recipients don’t learn until the luncheon how much scholarship funding they are receiving, another aspect of how stewardship – directing Hospital donations for their intended purpose – brings joy.
“The committee members, led by retired cardiologist Dr. Ken Deloge, and I are there when the students open their envelopes and they see the amount they are being awarded,” Lassonde said. “Being in that room with them and their families when they open the envelopes is the best part.“
A month before the 2019 scholarship presentation, on the 30th anniversary of the Nursing School’s closing, alumni gathered for a reunion to celebrate the school. Alumni contributions at the event were directed to the Scholarship Fund, which also is supported by the Berger Carlson Fund, for surgical technology students, and the Elyse Prescott Fund.
In 2019, proceeds from the 30th Annual Concord Hospital Trust Scramble Golf Tournament also supported the Scholarship Fund.