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PHNCF Scholarship Winners Announced

Three light-skinned women in black graduation caps and gowns pose together with their diplomas

For the 17th year in a row, Primary Health Network Charitable Foundation (PHNCF) has awarded over $30,000 to students pursuing a career in healthcare. Recipients were selected based on outstanding academic achievement and community involvement.

PHNCF’s Scholarship Program works to ensure that there will always be well-trained doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals to provide the highest quality of care throughout Primary Health Network’s service areas. As a community foundation, PHNCF has a long-standing commitment to public service by breaking down barriers most communities face when accessing quality healthcare. They do this by raising funds to support innovative programs, including Primary Health Network’s Provide the Ride transportation service, prescription assistance to qualifying patients, and most recently, they are working to inspire the next generation of readers through various literacy initiatives.

Cheryl Goldstone, Director of PHNCF Programs, stated, “Our scholarship program has been a core part of our mission since PHNCF was founded over 17 years ago. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve our communities in this capacity and wish our recipients continued success in their educational journeys.”

Below is the list of those 2022 scholarship recipients.

  • American Dream Scholarship ($5000) – Irulan Walker, Meadville High School, attending Carnegie Mellon for dermatology, Crawford County.
  • Health Professionals Scholarship ($5000) – Nia Gribbons, Sophomore attending University of Mount Union, Nursing, Ashtabula County.
  • Health Professionals Scholarship ($2000) – Jacob Irani, Grove City High School, attending Otterbein University, pre-med, Mercer County.
  • PHNCF Scholarship ($2000) – Stephan Spolski, Nativity BVM High School in Schuylkill Haven, attending Penn State University, pre-med on an orthopedic surgeon track, Schuylkill County.
  • PHNCF Scholarship ($2000) – Michael Russell, Pennsylvania State University Schuylkill Campus, attending Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine to be a family practitioner, Schuylkill County.
  • PHNCF Scholarship ($2000) – Sydney Cosgrove, a second-year dental student at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Dental Medicine in Lawrence County.
  • Employee Family Scholarships from PHN/PHNCF ($2000 each)
    • Benjamin Baron – Senior at John Carroll University to be a family practitioner, Mercer County
    • Lauren Bell – Sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine, Mercer County
    • Natalie Bell – Senior at Duquesne University, pre-med, Mercer County
    • Brooke Sutherland – Penn Trafford High School, Kent State University, Speech-Language Pathologist, Westmoreland County
    • Michael Sweitzer – Gannon University, pre-med, Mercer County
    • Dustin Moffett – Senior at Youngstown State University, pre-med, family practitioner, Trumbull County.

For more information on PHNCF and its programs, please visit

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