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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 Danville, Doylestown, Scranton, Sayre and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) 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 in northeastern and central Pennsylvania, as well as from across the state and the nation. The school also has over 440 graduate medical students in 24 residency programs and 19 accredited fellowships. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. For more information, visit, or connect with us on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn and Twitter.


About Geisinger
One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger is known for its focus on caring and innovative programs including the ProvenCare® best-practice approach to maximize quality, safety and value; ProvenHealth Navigator® advanced medical home; Springboard Health® population health program to improve the health of an entire community; ProvenExperience™ to provide refunds to patients unhappy with their care experience; and Geisinger’s MyCode® Community Health Initiative, the largest healthcare system-based precision health project in the world. With more than 215,000 volunteer participants enrolled, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning medically actionable results to participants. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit, or connect with us on 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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