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FRANKLIN COUNTY – For the third year in a row, county commissioners will offer six $2,500 scholarships to local high school seniors who want to pursue a career in nursing.

The 2019 Franklin County Nursing Scholarship is currently open to all high school seniors living and attending high school, for at least one consecutive year, in Franklin County and who have been accepted into an accredited four-year nursing program.

The application deadline is March 29.

Applicants are required to include essays, briefly indicating their short and long term goals, as they pertain to nursing school.

Letters of recommendation are also required of each applicant’s high school Guidance Counselor, as well as two other adults.

Every applicant is also required to submit a copy of their official transcript.

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A stronger consideration will be given to students requiring financial assistance.

Commissioners, seeing what they called “the extraordinary demand” for skilled nurses in the area, first awarded scholarships in 2017, then gave six more again in 2018 to deserving area high school seniors who are pursuing a career in nursing.

Funds were directly applied toward tuition and/or room & board, per the student’s request. These scholarships are non-renewable.

In 2018 Franklin County Nursing Scholarships went to Chambersburg Area Senior High School graduates Makenzie Armstrong and Amanda AsburyGreencastle-Antrim Senior High School graduates Caitlin Eshleman and Olivia Singer; Waynesboro Area Senior High School graduate Orian Gates and James Buchanan graduate Hanna Myers.

The Nursing Scholarship selection committee includes Keystone Health founder, President and CEO Joanne Cochran, Summit Health Vice President for Community Relations Barbara Rossini and Tiffany Bloyer, Director of Human Resources for Franklin County Government.

Bloyer was initially tasked with researching the nursing scholarship program for Franklin County high school students.

She brought to fruition the metrics and details of establishing the Franklin County Nursing Scholarship program, which was unanimously approved by the Commissioners in January, 2017.

“We are extremely pleased with the academic qualifications consistently shown by our local high school seniors, and especially the desire each student possesses, which made the selection process extremely difficult,” Bloyer said.

She said all the applicants showed a sense of enthusiasm and dedication to the profession.

“Our applicants have also demonstrated involvement in extra-curricular and community-related activities, with a majority of the students demonstrating a strong focus on volunteering within the field of nursing,” she said.

She said commissioners and the selection committee hope scholarship recipients will choose a career path locally, and make a positive impact on the lives of the residents of area residents.

The 2019 Franklin County Nursing Scholarship Applications are currently available from area high school guidance departments as well as on the County website at The deadline is 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 29.

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