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Published on July 18, 2018

MidMichigan Health Foundation’s Development Council Awards Medical Scholarships

Photo of Foundation and Development Council members and Ashley Smith scholarship winner.Pictured left to right: Ann Diamond, fund development, MidMichigan Health Foundation; June Kramer; Mary DesOrmeau; Ashley Smith, scholarship recipient, and Bill DesOrmeau.

Two Alpena area students have been awarded financial assistance to continue their pursuits with careers in the field of human medicine. Ashley Smith and Douglas Snow recently received MidMichigan Health Foundation’s Development Council Scholarships.

Smith received the DesOrmeau and Kramer scholarships for a total award of $1,500. Smith is a 2013 graduate of Alpena High School and 2015 graduate of Alpena Community College, where she tutored in chemistry and biology. She is now in an accelerated second degree program at Oakland University pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, which she expects to receive in December 2018. Smith has a passion for nursing and would eventually like to return to graduate school with the ultimate goal of becoming a family nurse practitioner (FNP). She would like to practice either in an Emergency Department or family medicine setting.

Snow received the Aliferis Medical scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Snow is in the Doctoral Program at the MSU College of Human Medicine and plans on doing a large portion of his third and fourth years of clinical practice at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. He would like to work in Alpena as it is a community that has supported him throughout his life. Snow also holds a master’s degree in public health. He is focused on work and research that will help improve rural communities’ access to healthcare and improving the overall health for those communities, especially Alpena.

Funding these scholarships are generous personal donations made by Bill and Mary DesOrmeau, June Kramer and Carlene Aliferis. Mary DesOrmeau was the former chief nursing officer at MidMichigan Health in Alpena, and Bill was an active community member. They are both retired and living near family downstate. Funding the Kramer scholarship is June Kramer and her family. This is a legacy gift in memory of June’s husband, Gerald, whose philosophy was always to help others. The Aliferis scholarship is in memory of pathologist Dr. Peter Aliferis and is funded by his family as well as the annual Aliferis Race. All of these individuals recognize the value and importance of supporting education and quality healthcare in northeast Michigan.

The scholarship program at MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena began in 2002 and has since awarded $68,500 in healthcare scholarships to local students.