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LEWISTOWN, Pa. – Geisinger Lewistown School of Nursing is pleased to announce the Runtagh Family Endowed Nursing Scholarship, a fund with an initial contribution of $100,000 to provide financial assistance to local nursing students. This generous donation is a heartfelt tribute to Anne and Robert Runtagh made by their children and grandchildren. 

Anne and Robert called Lewistown home for over half a century and raised their family there. They left an indelible mark on their community by contributing their time and talents to organizations including Roundtable of Christians and Jews, Sacred Heart Church, Lewistown Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary, March of Dimes Campaign, American Heart Association Campaigns, Music Study Club, and Women's Club. 

In appreciation for the exceptional care and compassion Anne and Robert received from the nursing staff at Lewistown Hospital during their later years, the Runtagh family wants to leave a lasting legacy to their community by supporting students pursuing careers in nursing.

The Runtagh Family Endowed Nursing Scholarship is dedicated to assisting aspiring nurses who are passionate about their calling but face financial obstacles in pursuing their education. The scholarship will be open to one or more nursing students hailing from Mifflin and Juniata Counties who demonstrate commitment to making a difference in the healthcare field.

Beth Finkbiner, Director of the Geisinger Lewistown School of Nursing commented, “We are extremely grateful for this exceptional gift. The Runtagh family has been a supporter of the School of Nursing since its inception in 2005. This kind of support is imperative for the success of the school and it is greatly valued by the students they support.”

For more information about the Runtagh Family Endowed Nursing Scholarship, eligibility criteria, and the application process, please contact Jessica Rogers at or visit Geisinger Lewistown Hospital School of Nursing | Geisinger.


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