The board of directors of the Foundation of Collier County Medical Society is pleased to announce the winners of its 2018 Foundation healthcare scholarship awards: Hannah Klopf, Revenel Metayer, Savannah Moore, Steven Peretiatko, and Daniela Salazar. The final tally of 2018 scholarship awards given by the Foundation is now $36,000.

The Foundation of CCMS healthcare scholarships are for students who are Florida residents enrolled or accepted into a healthcare degree program, with awards based on need, academic performance, and community involvement.

“Dozens of outstanding healthcare students submitted scholarship applications this year to the Foundation,” said Dr. Rolando Rivera, Foundation Chair. “We are thankful to the many Foundation donors and sponsors who have given us the opportunity to support our future medical professionals.”

Hannah Klopf, who received a $7,500 award, is a Naples High School and University of Florida graduate attending the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine. “This generous award will allow me to focus on my studies rather than my finances throughout my first year of medical school,” said Ms. Klopf. “Moving to Colorado to pursue my dream of becoming a physician is a huge step in my career and your support means the world to me. I can’t wait to return to Naples as a physician and pay it forward to the community that has given me everything!”

Revenel Metayer, a Golden Gate High School and Emory University graduate, received a $4,000 scholarship for pursuing his Physician Assistant degree at student at Barry University. “This scholarship has assisted in lightening the financial burden that graduate school requires of me,” said Mr. Metayer. “I am so very grateful for the generosity and support of the Foundation. I hope to pay it forward and assist others who are pursuing medical careers.”

Savannah Moore is a Bonita Springs resident and nursing student at Florida Southwestern State College. She received a $4,000 award. “It has been a lifelong dream of mine to work in the medical field,” said Savannah. “Due to your generosity, the path to continuing my education has never looked brighter. It is my most sincere goal to become a caring and hardworking nurse who can help others during their time of need.”

Steven Peretiatko is a North Port High School and University of Florida graduate attending the USF Morsani College of Medicine and received a $4,000 award. “The generosity of the Foundation is making an impact on the future generation of physicians by supporting those who advocate for the future of the profession,” said Mr. Peretiatko. “Simply put, the significance of this scholarship to me is an investment in the future of medicine.”

Daniela Salazar, who also received a $4,000 scholarship, is a Lorenzo Walker Technical High School and FSU graduate attending the FSU School of Physician Assistant Practice. “Receiving this scholarship will help me tremendously,” said Ms. Salazar. “This was my second time applying to the scholarship and it only motivates me to continue my journey and overcome all the odds against me as a minority in medicine.”

The Foundation’s signature fundraiser, the Docs & Duffers Golf Tournament & Raffle on October 6, 2018 will help raise funds for its scholarship program and local healthcare programs in need. 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.