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Published on February 02, 2018

Applications for Bailey Health Care Scholarships due March 1

Amy Tesolin-Gee - Bailey Scholarship recipient.Amy Tesolin-Gee is one of more than 1,500 students who have received a scholarship from the Bernard F. and Melissa Anne Bailey Family Fund Health Care Scholarship program. Applications for the 2018-19 school year are currently being accepted electronically and can be accessed at www.midmichigan.org/bailey. March 1 is the deadline

Bernard and Melissa Anne Bailey, once active and lifelong residents of Midland, never had children. But through their bequest they have impacted the lives of more than 1,500 students by providing scholarships totaling more than $2 million to support their goal of a career in health care.

The March 1 deadline for applications to the Bernard F. and Melissa Anne Bailey Family Fund Health Care Scholarship program at MidMichigan Health is quickly approaching. Students may access the application at www.midmichigan.org/bailey. Applications and support documentation will only be accepted electronically.

The scholarship fund was initiated through a $3.3 million bequest left by Bernard Bailey. Under the stewardship of the MidMichigan Health Foundation, scholarships are awarded to students pursuing health care fields on the basis of merit and established criteria as determined by an overseer committee. One such student who has received a Bailey scholarship is Midland resident Amy Tesolin-Gee.

A chronic medical condition combined with a love of science and a desire to help others has parlayed Amy Tesolin-Gee into a career in medicine. Currently a second year medical student at Central Michigan University College of Medicine, Tesolin-Gee admits her career path into medicine has taken a circuitous route.

“In part, this is due to my own experience with a chronic medical condition,” explained Tesolin-Gee. “It will be gratifying to use this experience along with my training to help others meet their health goals—whether it’s health maintenance, preservation or gain of function in the face of disease, or rebuilding after a health setback.”

Before starting medical school, Tesolin-Gee was an analytical technologist for The Dow Chemical Company. Prior to that, she worked in cancer research at the University of Michigan and for the National Marine Fisheries Service out of Woods Hole, MA and Sandy Hook, NJ. She states that attending medical school is now her full-time job although she still enjoys volunteering at MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland during her breaks. Receiving a Bailey scholarship was integral in her decision to be able to move forward with her decision to attend medical school.

“The financial support is incredibly helpful, especially since I was very nervous about leaving a good job behind to pursue medical school,” said Tesolin-Gee. “Taking such a step involves a lot of risk and uncertainty. Receiving the Bailey Scholarship not only provides much-needed financial assistance toward my goals, but it comes with the valuable message that someone believes in me.”

“If the Baileys were alive today I would convey my heartfelt thanks—not only for their generosity to me, but for their community support and appreciation of those serving in the medical field,” continued Tesolin-Gee. “They are an outstanding, inspiring example of paying it forward.”

Those interested in more information on the Bailey health care scholarships may contact Ashley Raetz-Myers ashley.raetz-myers@midmichigan.org or at (989) 839-3638. Those interested in additional scholarship opportunities may visit www.midmichigan.org/scholarships.

The MidMichigan Health Foundation raises funds to support equipment, services and programs for patients and families served by MidMichigan Health. MidMichigan Health is a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, affiliated with Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan. MidMichigan Health covers a 22-county region with medical centers in Midland, Alpena, Alma, Clare, Gladwin and Mt. Pleasant.