Rural Pre-Medicine Program Students Benefit from $32,000 in Financial Awards
A dozen Selkirk College students focused on the future of health care in rural British Columbia have received financial support from the medical community they hope to one day join.
Selkirk College’s Rural Pre-Medicine (RPM) Program recently welcomed its fourth cohort of students who are starting their post-secondary journey in the intensive three-year program that aims to prepare learners for medical school and other health care pathways.
Selkirk College Rural Pre-Medicine Program students who received $32,000 in scholarships provided by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues and the Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice include: (L-R) Zakeea El-Hanafy, Maddison Morehouse, Allie Zondervan, Lucille Webber, Madia Rehwald, Hannah Montgomery, Andi Belland, Svetlana Hadikin, Jocelyn Terwoord, Samuel Keefer and Molly Benbow (missing Samuel Zerrath).
Since it began in 2014, the RPM Program has received significant support from physicians who share the common goal of recruiting and retaining doctors in rural British Columbia. As part of its support, the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues and the Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice have provided a total of $32,000 in scholarships to 12 students.
“It’s allowed me to focus on my education more because I don’t have to worry as much about financial pressures,” says Hannah Montgomery, one of five students to receive a $5,000 Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues scholarship. “It means a lot that there are people willing to provide the money for these scholarships because they believe in us and what we are going to do in our futures.”
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If you would like to contribute to scholarships and bursaries in support of Rural Pre-Medicine Program students please contact Selkirk College Advancement Coordinator Stephanie Gobin via email or at 250.505.1309.