Siemens-ASCP Scholarships Promote the Medical Laboratory Profession and Mitigate Cost of Education

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Applications Accepted through Nov. 15, 2012

Through the annual Siemens–ASCP Scholarship Program, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics are once again poised to award more than $125,000 in scholarships, thanks to the generous contributions of Siemens and ASCP member donations. Each year, ASCP and Siemens award scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in medical laboratory science to defray education costs, promote the profession, and address the laboratory workforce shortage.

Earlier this year, ASCP and Siemens awarded $182,000 in scholarships. Applications for awards for the 2012–2013 academic year are now being accepted through Nov. 15, 2012 at: http://www.ascp.org/scholarships.

“This is a pivotal period of time in our country’s healthcare system,” said Mark Bailey, MA, HTL(ASCP)CM, Assistant Professor and Program Director of Histotechnology, University of Texas MD Anderson, Houston, and Chair of the ASCP Scholarship Committee. “We need a medical laboratory workforce that meets the needs of a growing population of patients and who can manage laboratory resources wisely. The Siemens–ASCP Scholarships have assisted hundreds of clinical laboratory students each year in support of their education, providing them with the skill sets needs to administer laboratory medicine.”

Collectively, more than $1.4 million in scholarships have been awarded to deserving medical laboratory students across the country through the Siemens–ASCP Scholarship Program since its launch in 2003. In 2012, 175 high-achieving undergraduates and graduates joined the ranks of Siemens–ASCP Scholarship recipients.

The 2011–2012 awardees, who represent a broad range of future professionals and leaders in the field, were selected from a considerably larger pool because the number of applicants increased by nearly 70 percent over the past two years. This boost serves as a testament to the program’s success in addressing the shortage of qualified medical laboratory professionals in the United States, defraying education costs, and promoting the profession.

One of those awardees, Larock Flemings, is pursuing laboratory medicine after an injury ended his decade-long military and law enforcement career and forced him on disability. “In this field I will be able to come home every day and know without a doubt that I made a difference in the lives of the people in my community,” Mr. Flemings said. “This scholarship is an answer to my prayers.”

He hopes ASCP will continue to help educate people about the field of medical laboratory science.

Siemens–ASCP scholarship recipient, Andrew Abdella, cited the growing field and the constant learning as contributing factors for becoming a laboratory professional. “Having many different areas of study in the medical laboratory is appealing to me,” he said. “Being able to work in many different places and the opportunity for leadership also drew me toward this field.”

“ASCP is essential to the laboratory profession and will be to my future career as well,” said scholarship recipient Marissa Larson. “ASCP helps laboratory professionals stay connected to each other and with current research discoveries and technologies.”

To view the list of 2011–2012 Siemens–ASCP scholarship recipients, go to: http://www.ascp.org/PDF/Membership-Communications/2011-2012-Siemens-ASCP-Scholarship-winners.pdf. For full details and qualifications for the Siemens–ASCP Scholarship Program, go to: http://www.ascp.org/scholarships.

Founded in 1922, ASCP is the world’s largest society for pathologists and laboratory professionals. Based in Chicago, ASCP provides excellence in education, certification, and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists, and laboratory professionals. Visit ASCP’s website at http://www.ascp.org.

The Siemens Healthcare Sector is one of the world's largest suppliers to the healthcare industry and a trendsetter in medical imaging, laboratory diagnostics, medical information technology and hearing aids. Siemens offers its customers products and solutions for the entire range of patient care from a single source – from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, and on to treatment and aftercare. By optimizing clinical workflows for the most common diseases, Siemens also makes healthcare faster, better and more cost-effective. Siemens Healthcare employs some 51,000 employees worldwide and operates around the world. In fiscal year 2011 (to September 30), the Sector posted revenue of 12.5 billion euros and profit of around 1.3 billion euros. For further information please visit: http://www.siemens.com/healthcare.

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