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The board of directors of The John and Helen Villaume Foundation has announced the foundation has established the John and Helen Villaume Foundation Annual Scholarship at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM).

Students selected to receive a John and Helen Villaume Foundation scholarship will receive either a $20,000 award renewable for a second year or a $40,000 award, depending upon the recipient’s class year. The awards were designed to support medical education and expand healthcare resources available in Wayne County.

To qualify for a scholarship, students must:

  • Be an academically qualified third- or fourth-year student at GCSOM;
  • Be a resident of Wayne County; and
  • Demonstrate interest in pursuing a medical career in Wayne County.

“We are grateful to the John and Helen Villaume Foundation for supporting our students,” said Steven J. Scheinman, MD, GCSOM president and dean. “The scholarships created will enable more Wayne County residents to pursue a medical education and, more importantly, to be able to stay and practice medicine where they are most needed.”

The John and Helen Villaume Foundation, established by Honesdale natives, John and Helen Villaume, is dedicated to benefit charitable, religious, scientific, literary and educational programs within Wayne County.


About Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) is a member of the Geisinger family. Geisinger Commonwealth offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Atlantic City, Danville, Doylestown, Sayre, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD), Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) and Professional Science Master's (PSM) degrees. The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its region, as well as from across the nation. The school also has more than 500 residents and fellows in 31 accredited residency programs and 27 accredited fellowships. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. For more information, visit www.geisinger.edu/gcsom, or connect with us on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter.

About Geisinger
Geisinger is committed to making better health easier for the more than 1 million people it serves. Founded more than 100 years ago by Abigail Geisinger, the system now includes 10 hospital campuses, a health plan with more than half a million members, a Research Institute and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. With nearly 24,000 employees and more than 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger boosts its hometown economies in Pennsylvania by billions of dollars annually. Learn more at Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

John and Helen Villaume Foundation Annual Scholarship at GCSOM 2019
Seen from left are Jane Kanyock and Marise Garofalo, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM); Stephanie Tilberry and Dipam Shah, GCSOM medical students; and Paul Edwards, Dr. Paula Bennett, Rev. William Samford and Jon Villaume of The John and Helen Villaume Foundation.
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