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International Pathology Day

Siemens–ASCP Scholarship Program Advances Students’ Dreams

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Stephanie Moore begins her part-time job as a histotechnician at 3:30 a.m. and ends at 7:30 a.m., ready to start her day as a full-time student in histotechnology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (UT MD Anderson), Houston. Already an ASCP medical technician, Megan Forrest returned to Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mich., to earn her bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory science with a concentration in diagnostic genetics. Both Ms. Moore and Ms. Forrest received Siemens–ASCP Scholarships to help them to advance their education and medical laboratory careers.

“These funds will help catapult me into the next phase of my career.”
—Megan Forrest, lab student
Ms. Forest is using the Siemens–ASCP scholarship to reduce her living expenses during a six-month clinical internship in molecular diagnostics at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. “These funds will help catapult me into the next phase of my career,” she said.

Since Ms. Moore moved home to reduce her expenses while attending college, she is using her scholarship funds to help pay for tuition. This semester, her student loan costs will be lower.

Ms. Moore and Ms. Forrest represent just two of the 175 high-achieving undergraduates and graduates nationwide who received these scholarships. Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics and ASCP awarded a combined $182,000 in scholarships to medical laboratory students for the 2011–2012 academic year. The Siemens–ASCP Scholarship Program was developed in 2003 to address the shortage of qualified medical laboratory professionals in the United States, defray education costs, and promote the profession.

To date, more than $1.4 million in scholarships has been awarded to qualified medical laboratory students. The 70-percent increase in applications over the past two years reflects the success of the Scholarship Program, encouraging the training of students for these vital positions in health care.

“This is a pivotal period of time in our country’s healthcare system,” said Mark Bailey, MA, HTL(ASCP)CM, Assistant Professor and Program Director—Histotechnology, UT MD Anderson and Chair of the ASCP Scholarship Committee. “We need a clinical laboratory workforce that meets the needs of a growing population of patients and who can manage laboratory resources wisely. The Siemens–ASCP Scholarships have assisted hundreds of clinical laboratory students each year in support of their education, providing them with the skill sets needs to administer laboratory medicine.”

To view the 2011–2012 list of Siemens–ASCP scholarship recipients, click here. For more information on the Siemens–ASCP Scholarship Program, go to www.ascp.org/scholarships.


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