The board of directors of the Foundation of Collier County Medical Society (CCMS) in Naples, Florida is pleased to announce that Lisvet Luceno, a Naples resident in the class of 2023 at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, is the winner of the Foundation’s 2020 Dr. William Lascheid Memorial Scholarship for Medical Students.
The $10,000 award recognizes future physicians who are Florida residents and have demonstrated excellence in community service, in memory of Dr. Lascheid, co-founder of the charitable Neighborhood Health Clinic in Naples and a Past President of the Medical Society. It is the sixth year the Foundation has provided this scholarship.
“As a Foundation we are concerned for the students whose studies have been interrupted and futures have become uncertain because of COVID-19. To that end, the main goal of this scholarship is to provide critical financial aid to future medical professionals, and to recognize students who give their time to charitable causes,” said Dr. Rolando Rivera, Foundation Chair. “Ms. Luceno is a shining example of Dr. Lascheid’s dedication to caring for the underserved, and we are honored to award her this scholarship.”
“The Dr. William Lascheid Memorial Scholarship Foundation clearly identifies my husband’s mission of providing quality medical care for low-income workers, who are in need,” said Nancy Lascheid, co-founder of the Neighborhood Health Clinic. “Congratulations to Lisvet, this year’s recipient, who illustrated in her application commitment and compassion for the underserved.”
Ms. Luceno received her diploma from Golden Gate High School in Naples and her Bachelor of Psychology at University of Pennsylvania. Her community service activities have included volunteering with the Neighborhood Health Clinic, the Apopka Student-Run Free Clinic, and the KNIGHTS clinic. Her aspirations after earning her medical degree are to pursue a Master’s in public health and as a practicing physician, to provide community-based, patient-centered care for vulnerable populations who face health disparities.
“By awarding me the Dr. Lascheid Memorial Scholarship, you have greatly relieved my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning” said Ms. Luceno. “Your generosity will inspire me to continue helping others and giving back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.”
The Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization launched by the Collier County Medical Society in 2012, with the mission to provide support and leadership to programs that address access to healthcare and promote health education. The Foundation’s signature fundraiser, the Docs & Duffers Golf Tournament on September 26, 2020, will help raise funds for its scholarship program and local healthcare programs in need. More information is available at ccmsfoundation.org and fb.com/ccmsfoundation.