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Montgomery College Secures $200,000 Grant for Health Science Scholarships Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States Seeks to Address Health Care Workforce Issues by Supporting Area Community Colleges

Montgomery College is one of five area community colleges to receive a $200,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States to provide scholarships to health-science students. Kaiser Permanente is addressing the critical shortage of qualified health care professionals in this region by investing $1 million in the education of future generations of health care workers. Montgomery College will use the grant to award approximately 250 scholarships, ranging from $500 to $1,200, to credit and noncredit health science students with financial needs during 2011.

“We are grateful for the generosity and vision of Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States,” says Montgomery College president Dr. DeRionne Pollard. “The College’s goal is to use the scholarship program to support a broad range of health science students—from those interested in pursuing entry-level positions to those reentering the workforce as nurses and in other mid- and upper-level positions. The scholarship grant will not only help our students but also benefit Montgomery County’s hospitals and health care facilities.”

In addition to Montgomery College, Kaiser Permanente has awarded four other $200,000 scholarship grants to Baltimore City Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, Prince George’s Community College and the Community College of the District of Columbia. Each institution will allocate scholarship funds to educate low-income nursing and allied health students. An estimated 550 students will benefit from the scholarships.

Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States selected these five community colleges because of their diverse student population. Current demographics for this region show that the health care sector has a more diverse patient base than ever before, and this demographic trend continues. Kaiser Permanente’s partnership with Montgomery College—one of the most diverse community colleges in the nation—will support the education of highly skilled nursing and allied health professionals who are equipped to provide high quality care to patients in a culturally and linguistically competent manner.

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