Scholarships & Financial Aid

Scholarships and Tuition Assistance Ensure Future Healthcare Workers

Healthcare is rapidly approaching the largest workforce crisis in history. MidMichigan Health is addressing this concern through an innovative initiative called Grow Our Own. This initiative provides financial assistance in the form of scholarships and tuition reimbursement to individuals who want to further their education for a career in health care.

Bailey Scholarship

The Bernard F. and Melissa Anne Bailey Family Fund is a student scholarship program administered by MidMichigan Health, funded through a gift from Bernard Bailey. Scholarships are given to students in health care fields on the basis of merit and established criteria as determined by an overseer committee. Bailey Fund details and application. For more information, contact the Workforce Development Manager at (989) 839-3120 or colleen.markel@midmichigan.org.

Dr. George Schaiberger, Sr., Dr. Howard VanOosten and Dr. Lloyd Wiegerink Memorial Scholarship

The Medical staff at MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch established this memorial scholarship as a tribute to Dr. George Schaiberger, Sr.; Dr. Howard VanOosten; and Dr. Lloyd Wiegerink. All three physicians were pioneers of the early years of the Medical Center, and this scholarship was created in memory of the many selfless hours of exceptional medical care provided by these physicians who were and are venerated as pillars of the West Branch community. The fund will assist students attending or registered to attend higher institutions of education and employees of MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch pursuing their education in a medical career. Scholarship details and application. For more information, contact Cynthia Longchamps at (989) 343-3694 or cynthia.longchamps@midmichigan.org.

Dr. Peter Aliferis Memorial Scholarship

The Medical Center Laboratory staff established this fund as a tribute to Dr. Peter Aliferis, a Pathologist for 37 years. Dr. Aliferis passed away on March 13, 2002, and the scholarship fund is in memory of his many contributions to the hospital and community. This $1,000 scholarship will help graduating residents pursue a career in the clinical laboratory science field or medical school. Dr. Peter Aliferis Scholarship details and application. For more information, contact the Development Council Director at (989) 356-7738 or ann.diamond@midmichigan.org.

Gerald L. Kramer Scholarship

This $500 scholarship has been made available by June Kramer in memory of her husband and community volunteer Gerald L. Kramer. Gerald spent many hours at Tendercare and the Medical Center in Alpena brightening the lives of many with his infectious smile and laugh. Gerald’s philosophy was always to help others and in keeping with that philosophy, June is offering this $500 scholarship. Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in the field of Nursing or direct patient care. Gerald L. Kramer Scholarship details and application. For more information, contact the Development Council Director at (989) 356-7738 or ann.diamond@midmichigan.org.

Paul A. Poling Memorial Fund Scholarship

Paul A. Poling, a resident of West Branch and successful business owner was a long-time Board Trustee of MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch and donor to MidMichigan Health Foundation. His firm belief in education and desire to provide for future healthcare professionals for this region, led him to leave in his estate $500,000 to create the Paul A. Poling Memorial Fund Scholarship. Scholarship details and application. For more information, contact Cynthia Longchamps at (989) 343-3694 or cynthia.longchamps@midmichigan.org.

Thelma Orr Memorial Scholarship

Thelma Orr was a Nursing Director at Alpena General Hospital, now known as MidMichigan Medical Center – Alpena. Thelma Orr was recognized as founder of the Auxiliary at its inception in 1974. The Thelma Orr Memorial Scholarship is currently funded by the Auxiliary in Thelma’s memory as an expression of gratitude for Thelma’s efforts and dedication to the importance of volunteerism and passion for healthcare. Thelma Orr Memorial Scholarship details and application. For more information, contact Amanda Timm at (989) 356-7546 or amanda.timm@midmichigan.org.

Tolfree Scholarship

The Tolfree Scholarship Fund was created by the MidMichigan Health Foundation Board of Directors to further health care education in its service area to provide quality healthcare professionals for its citizens. Donor designated funds are disbursed annually from this scholarship. Applicant’s primary residence must be in the MidMichigan Medical Center – West Branch service area. Tolfree Scholarship details and application. For more information, contact Cynthia Longchamps at (989) 343-3694 or cynthia.longchamps@midmichigan.org.

William E. & Mary C. DesOrmeau Scholarship

MidMichigan Medical Center - Alpena is like every other hospital when it comes to the current shortage of nursing personnel. Former Chief Nursing Officer, Mary DesOrmeau, and her husband, Bill, established this $1,000 scholarship in direct response to the nursing shortage. This scholarship assists full-time second level students that are enrolled in a nursing program. DesOrmeau Scholarship details and application. For more information, contact the Development Council Director at (989) 356-7738 or ann.diamond@midmichigan.org.

Tuition Reimbursement

MidMichigan Health encourages their employees to pursue career development opportunities that are either directly related to their current position at MidMichigan Health. Tuition reimbursement provides financial assistance to those MidMichigan employees attending an accredited college or university in a degree program that will benefit the Medical Center. Additional criteria are required. For more information, employees should visit the intranet for the policy and procedure or contact the Workforce Development Manager at (989) 839-3120 or colleen.markel@midmichigan.org.

Choosing the Right Program: How to Schedule an Appointment

The programs under the Grow Our Own initiative have different guidelines, deadlines and requirements. For more information, follow the links above, or contact MidMichigan Health's Workforce Development Manager at (989) 839-3120.