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Rural Health Network Offers Health Care Scholarships

OSWEGO, NY – County residents pursuing a career in the health care field may be able to receive some extra financial aid courtesy of the Rural Health Network of Oswego County.

Coordinator Danielle Wert announced that the group will once again offer scholarships to Oswego County residents who are enrolled or have been accepted in to a university / college or recognized program and are pursuing a major in the health care field.

“One of the goals of the Rural Health Network is to improve the access to and delivery of health care in Oswego County. We have established this scholarship program as a way to encourage individuals to pursue a rewarding career in the health care field. There is a growing need for people in almost all areas of health care. Our scholarship program allows us to be proactive and ensure that we have enough health care professionals to meet the health care needs of the residents of Oswego County,” said Wert.

The Rural Health Network of Oswego County will be awarding five scholarships in the amount of $500 to qualified individuals of any age that are either entering a program or continuing their education, at any level, in the health care field.

Those interested in applying for a scholarship may pick up an application at the Rural Health Network of Oswego County’s offices at 10 George St. or visit www.rhnoc.org

Applications, along with a one-page typed summary explaining why you have chosen to pursue a degree in the health care field and how your decision will impact health care in rural communities, must be submitted no later than June 3.

Operating under the auspices of OCO Inc., the Rural Health Network is a consortium of health care providers and human service providers in Oswego County.

Working together the members take a collaborative approach to addressing major health issues that exist in Oswego County.

For more information, call Wert at 342-0888, ext. 1457 or visit www.rhnoc.org

The final candidates will be selected and notified by June 17.

A private, non-profit agency, OCO touches the lives of more than 28,000 people each year through more than 50 programs operating in more than 80 locations throughout Oswego County.

The agency, which is a United Way of Greater Oswego County member, employs more than 650 people and has more than 1,000 highly valued volunteers.

As it celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2011, OCO is ‘On A Roll’ helping people, supporting communities and changing lives through building partnerships that improve the quality of life in the county.

For more information, visit www.oco.org