Scholarship Program Provides Endless Possibilities
Established in 2015, the Scholarship Program at UF Health The Villages® Hospital Auxiliary Foundation has been a highlight for the community. Since its inception, the program has awarded over $713,000 to benefit 68 high school seniors and 106 hospital team members pursuing or advancing their careers in medically-related studies. The high schools participating in the program are South Sumter, Wildwood and The Villages.
In 2016, Project S.O.S. (Support Our Soldiers) joined forces with the Foundation to provide a scholarship to a student who has a family member that served honorably in the United States Military. “Many of our military families in Florida and throughout the Nation often live at or below the poverty level, and the cost of sending their children to college is just a dream. Each year the Foundation, in conjunction with Project SOS, provides at least one Military Scholarship to a deserving family in order to make that dream come true,” said Gary Kadow, Founder and President of Project SOS, and Chairman of the Auxiliary Foundation’s Scholarship Committee.
Last year, the program expanded to include naming opportunities. David and Cindy Taylor and Dr. Erika Jasper established scholarship awards in their names. If you are interested in funding a scholarship or learning more about the program, contact the Foundation office at 352-751-8871.
“Throughout my life, caring about others and being generous gave me a true sense of joy,” says Raven Muse. Being the UF Health The Villages® Hospital Auxiliary Foundation scholarship recipient made her decision to pursue a healthcare career an easy one.