The Friends of York Hospital Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that the application period for 2021 is now open for students in the York Hospital service area who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine and/or healthcare. All applications must be received or post-marked by Monday, March 15, 2021 to be reviewed by the Friends of York Hospital Scholarship Committee, comprised of hospital employees and members of the Friends of York Hospital volunteer organization. This impartial selection committee evaluates the applicants’ high school records, standardized test scores, extracurricular activities, including community involvement and work experience, to determine finalists to be interviewed. Finalists are selected largely on the basis of financial need, academic merit and health care objectives. Finalist student interviews will be conducted in April and scholarship awards announced in May.

As background, the Friends of York Hospital typically award two $3,000 scholarships annually, and several smaller scholarships when additional funds are available, to graduating seniors who plan to have a career in healthcare and who reside within the Hospital’s service area [the southern York County, Maine towns of Kittery, Eliot, the Berwicks, Sanford, Lebanon, Kennebunk, Wells, Moody, Ogunquit, York].

Scholarship recipients must enroll as full-time students in the upcoming fall and continue in school for the entire academic year in a health care curriculum. Recipients must achieve a 3.0 GPA or higher at the conclusion of their first semester. Upon receiving satisfactory transcripts, the Friends of York Hospital will send a check made payable to the college/university directly to the academic institution.

The application includes an essay describing why a career in the medical field is desired and why students feel they should be chosen to receive this scholarship. Letters of Recommendation from high school guidance counselors and from a current or recent employer and official high school transcripts are necessary for application consideration. In lieu of an employer, students may submit a letter from a supervisor in an organization where they have been a volunteer.

All interested student applicants should visit the York Hospital website to download a copy of the application and mail the application, along with required attachments, to: Friends of York Hospital Scholarship, c/o Kate Ford, 15 Hospital Drive, York, Maine 03909.  TEL: (207)351-2224.  Applications must be received by or postmarked by March 15, 2021 to qualify.

For further questions about the Friends of York Hospital Volunteer organization, contact Volunteer Coordinator Kate Ford at [email protected] or 207-351-2224. For inquiries regarding York Hospital services, contact York Hospital Community Relations at 207-351-2385 or [email protected], or visit the York Hospital website at