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The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies, along with the Cambria County Medical Society, Conemaugh Health System, Lee Initiatives and Windber Medical Center, is pleased to announce that applications for the 2014 Apollo Scholarship program are now available.

The scholarships are available to medical students entering their 3rd or 4thyear of medical school. Scholarship funds can be applied to tuition and living expenses.  Applications are available to download here and are due by July 19, 2014.

The Apollo Scholarship program was established several years ago by local medical and health care leaders to encourage young physicians to return to the area after they have completed their training.  With this in mind, scholarship recipients are required to return to the Cambria/ Somerset region to practice medicine for two years for every $5,000 they receive in scholarship funding.  For example, a medical student who receives $10,000 in scholarship funding would be required to practice medicine in the region for at least four years.

Scholarship recipients who choose to practice outside of the area after completing their training may be required to pay back the scholarship in full within a certain period of time.

The Apollo program also includes the annual recognition of one of more area physicians who have made a lasting contribution to the region above and beyond his or her profession. The 2014 Apollo Award winners will be announced shortly and will be honored at the Apollo Awards Dinner on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

Individuals who are interested in contributing to the scholarship fund may send their checks to the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies at 116 Market Street, Johnstown, PA 15901, Attn: Apollo Scholarship Fund. All donations will be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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