Lawrence R. Foster Memorial

Students who are experiencing financial difficulties and are doing exemplary well in school can apply for a scholarship program that can help through their education in the field of health care. These students must have serious plans of taking up a career in the field of health care.

OPHI, which is the administering foundation for the Lawrence R. Foster Memorial has handed out about 185,200 U.S. dollars in scholarship awards which come in denominations from 1,000 U.S. dollars to about 10,000 U.S. dollars for each awardee from year 2000 to the present.

The scholarship was named after Dr. Larry Foster and was established in 1992. Dr. Foster was a public health practitioner in Oregon. OPHI acquired the Foster Memorial Scholarship Fund in 1999 and has since been a primary scholarship fund of the OPHI, was doles out the scholarship funds with the Oregon Community Foundation and Oregon Student Access Commission.

Dr. Foster served with the Oregon Health Division first as Deputy, then eventually as State Epidemiologist starting in 1977 until he passed away in 1992. Before that he served as Josephine County’s Health Officer. He was awarded his MPH and MS by the Public Health department of Harvard School. He was also awarded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the Friend of epidemiologic Intelligence Service Award.

The scholarship was founded before his death by his friends. He had his hand in the development of the scholarship requirements. It is aimed at helping out students taking up courses regarding Public health. Dr. Fosters’ only request is that priority should be given to students from minority groups.

Amount: Varies
Length: 1 year
Deadline: Early bird deadline February 16; Final deadline March 1
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