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With the start of the new year, the foundation awarded 12 new scholarships to MetroWest residents pursuing degree programs in health care. The foundation's Scholarship Committee awarded at total of $20,000, enabling 12 residents to complete programs in medicine, nursing and the allied health professions.
In this round of funding, scholarships were awarded to individuals enrolled in the following programs: Medical Doctor (1), Physician Assistant (1), BS in Nursing (5), LPN (3), and Occupational Therapy (2). These awards bring to the total value of scholarships provided by the foundation to over $1.6 million since inception.
To receive a scholarship, applicants must be a resident of one of the 25 towns in our MetroWest service area. Scholarships are awarded for tuition up to a maximum of $2,000 per academic year and applicants may reapply on an annual basis. The maximum amount any individual can receive in scholarship assistance from the foundation is limited to $8,000. The Scholarship Committee awards scholarships based on a rating scale using financial need, grade point average, letter of recommendation and a personal essay.
For the academic term starting in September, scholarship applications will be accepted beginning on April 15, 2015. For more information about the foundation's scholarship program, visit our website or contact Cathy Glover at (508) 879-7625.
The MetroWest Health Foundation announced the awarded of $939,000 in new grants to 20 area organizations. These grants will support a variety of community projects aimed at improving health and health care in the region.
Organizations receiving grants are:
BayPath Elder Services, Inc.
To improve services for LGBTQ elders.
Bethany Hill Place, Inc.
Capacity building grant – safety & hygiene improvements
Bridge of Central Massachusetts, Inc.
To provide training to local school systems on self-injuryand suicide prevention.
Dover-Sherborn Regional School District
To provide a reentry program for students returning to school from hospitalizations.
Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center, Inc.
To improve clinical care management for those with a high risk of chronic disease.
Framingham State University
To improve mental health screening.
Health Care Without Walls, Inc.
To provide health care for families residing in homeless shelters.
Hockomock Area YMCA - Bernon Family Branch
To offer the Diabetes Prevention Program.
Jeff’s Place Children’s Bereavement Center, Inc.
Capacity building – additional clinical staffing.
Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, Inc.
To address the social-emotional needs of new immigrant and refugee communities.
MetroWest Legal Services, Inc.
To support legal services for immigrant youth.
Milford Council on Aging
To support a comprehensive exercise and wellness program.
Morse Institute Library
To support a health documentary series.
Natick Service Council, Inc.
Capacity building – equipment.
RIA House Inc.
Capacity building – assessment tools.
Spark Kindness, Inc.
To provide parent education services.
South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc.
To provide a coordinated approach to addressing homelessness.
Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, Inc.
To provide mental health services to LGBTQ youth.
Wayside Youth & Family Support Network, Inc.
Capacity building – cultural competency training.
Wellesley College, Stone Center for Women
To implement depression screening and suicide prevention programs in the Holliston Public Schools.
In 2015, the foundation awarded planning grants to the Bellingham, Milford and Framingham Public Schools to develop plans for implementing a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) framework within their respective districts. SEL is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, and make responsible decisions. Research shows that children with strong social-emotional skills perform better in school, have more positive relationships and better mental health outcomes.
Now with their plans complete, the foundation's board of trustees recently approved three-year, $105,000 implementation grants for each district. The grants are designed to help each school system train personnel in grades K-5 on SEL systems, beliefs and practices leading to improved school culture. In addition to the grants, the foundation will be supporting the districts through a "learning community" where they can share best practices and learn from those systems that have successfully implemented SEL practices.
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