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Sonia Plotnick Health Fund Education Grant Deadline Nearing

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Sonia Plotnick Health Fund Education Grant Deadline Nearing

Gulfport, Florida – April 9, 2019 – For the 3rd year in a row, the Sonia Plotnick Health Fund (SPHF)  is pleased to announce, in coordination and partnership with St. Petersburg College (SPC), its scholarship for a woman seeking a degree in the healthcare field.

SPHF offers two $1000 scholarships (distributed as $500/per semester) to provide financial assistance to St. Petersburg College students preparing for a career in a healthcare field.  Students must be in financial need, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and be involved in their community. Preference will be given to female students who are members of the St. Petersburg College GLOW Club and/or self identify as lesbian.

Though much has changed for the LGBT community, recent research still suggests that LGBTQ patients report, in significant numbers, discriminatory and/or negative experiences with health care providers. Further, because most medical schools and public health educators leave out the LGBTQ community, it becomes more and more important to be represented within the field. This is precisely the opportunity the grant hopes to create.

“The first two years of the partnership reaffirmed for SPHF the need and impact that the scholarship program has had. We are pleased to continue the partnership,” says Becky Turner, SPHF Vice-Chair, “to provide financial assistance for education, as well as for care, to ensure that the medical community has providers and staff that support the LGBTQ community.”

The dates to apply are April 1, 2019 through May 15. Those interested should visit or call the SPC Foundation at 727-341-3302 for assistance.

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