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Health & Environment

March 21, 2009

Students have SMC opportunity

Applications are open for Stillwater Medical Center Foundation’s 2009 Summer Scholars program.

The program consists of the Rippy and Franklin fellowships and the Breedlove Externship.

It began when Dr. Orville Rippy helped create the Rippy Fellowship as a way to show a high school student the opportunities available in health care. His dream of fostering interest in the medical field led to the creation of the other two endowed programs.

Dr. Glen Henry, the 1987 Rippy Fellow, and his mother, Glenna Franklin Cramer, created the Franklin Fellowship to honor the late Bill Franklin.

Dr. Robert Breedlove created the Breedlove Externship in 1997 after years of working with Rippy Fellows. The Breedlove Extern is awarded the summer before a student’s junior year of high school, while the Rippy and Franklin Fellowships are awarded to students before their senior year.

Each of the Summer Scholars programs consists of an intense six-week look at a wide variety of health care careers. Upon successful completion of the program, each student is awarded a $1,500 stipend.

The Rippy and Breedlove programs are open to students from Glencoe, Morrison, Perry, Perkins-Tryon, Ripley, Stillwater and Yale high schools. The Franklin Fellowship is open only to Stillwater High School students.

Applications are available through the guidance office at each school or from Teresa Hopkins or Jeffery Corbett at the SMC Foundation, 742-5728, 604 S. Walnut, smcfoundation@stillwater-medical.org. The application deadline is April 6.

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