Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University received a gift in the amount of $33,000 from The Baton Rouge Clinic for the third consecutive year which will go toward students in Medical Lab Sciences.
The Baton Rouge Clinic Scholars in Medical Lab Sciences will fund scholarships for students in the MLS program for Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 and help with recruiting a new cohort of MLS students to the program who will begin Summer 2021. The funding will increase the opportunity for students with financial need to attend without finances being a barrier to enrollment.
The Baton Rouge Clinic CEO Ed Silvey stated, “The Baton Rouge Clinic continues to invest in FranU’s Medical Lab Sciences program through a gift in support of scholarships because of the critical role these healthcare professionals play in the continued health and wellness of our community. Especially at this critical time, as we continue to navigate this healthcare crisis, medical lab scientists are a vital part of the team, and at FranU, the students in the program are part of a university that educates and forms them in Franciscan values that they take with them in their work.”
Scholarship Recipient Sharon Fellner ’21 said, “I was very surprised and honored to receive this award from The Baton Rouge Clinic and I am greatly appreciative of their generosity. I wouldn’t have been able to participate in the Medical Laboratory Science program without the financial aid I have received. Our teachers have worked so hard to make this program what it is and the other students have worked very hard in this challenging curriculum. We’ve come a long way and I can’t wait to see where the field of MLS will take us.”
Student Janie Voisin ‘21 said that the scholarship was a pleasant surprise. “I worked hard for the grades I have now because I wanted to do the best I could in college. It certainly relieves some of the financial burden of going to a good school and will be put to good use as next year will be my senior year.”
“The renewal of this scholarship from the Baton Rouge Clinic is one of the many important ways in which the Clinic contributes to the Baton Rouge community. We are privileged to call them our partner in meeting the needs of local healthcare, especially in a field of such high demand as medical lab science. We are grateful to the Baton Rouge Clinic for three consecutive years of generous support of the University's mission to educate and form Franciscan servant leaders,” expressed Tina Holland, president and CEO of FranU.
The scholarship is designed specifically to support students in the clinical portion of the MLS program. The criteria for consideration of the scholarship are a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, student is in good academic standing with the MLS program and enrolled full-time in the MLS program.