Employees of Pennsylvania’s Largest Medicaid Health Plan to Award its Members More Than $95,000 in Academic Scholarships

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Employee-Supported Program Helps Medical Assistance Members in Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester and Delaware Counties Achieve Higher Education ? Sometimes Against Great Odds

Keystone Mercy Health Plan: The Largest Medicaid Managed Care Health Plan in Southeastern PA

Keystone Mercy Health Plan, the largest Medicaid managed care plan in Pennsylvania, will be awarding scholarships to 49 of its Medical Assistance members on Thursday, June 24, 2010, as part of its annual Mission Partnership program, which is funded by employee donations.

The Keystone Mercy Member Scholarship program provides assistance to young adults embarking on a college education and non-traditional students coming back to school, later in life, to learn a new skill.

This year, Keystone Mercy awarded $2,000 per recipient, totaling $98,000.

Many recipients of this year’s scholarship have overcome adversity in order to continue their education, including a former homeless and drug-addicted man who conquered his addiction and became a director of the drug rehab’s Syringe Exchange Program and is currently a candidate for a bachelor of science degree in counseling, at Drexel University; and a young, North Philadelphia woman, from a single-parent household, who attends college while working part-time at a fast-food establishment, maintaining a 3.76 GPA and whose goal is to become a doctor and to return to North Philadelphia to open and run her own birthing center/clinic.

The program, was started with one scholarship in 1988, and has since awarded more than 750 scholarships, totaling $1.6 million.

The scholarship is available to Keystone Mercy Health Plan subscribers, who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate college, university, trade or vocational school. Along with the completed application, applicants are required to provide transcripts, a recommendation and a one-page essay.

WHO:            

  •     Ann Morrissey, executive vice president and COO, AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies
  •     Jay Feldstein, DO, Interim Northeast Regional President and corporate chief medical officer, Keystone Mercy Health Plan
  •     Keynote Speaker Phil Martelli, men’s basketball coach, Saint Joseph’s University
  •     Master of Ceremonies E. Steven Collins, director, Urban Marketing and External Affairs, Radio One Philadelphia
  •     Scholarship recipients and their guests
  •     Keystone Mercy Health Plan employees/donators

WHEN:
Thursday, June 24, 2010
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:
Saint Joseph’s University,    
Mandeville Hall, Wolfington Teletorium
5400 City Line Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

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