The board of directors of the Foundation of Collier County Medical Society (CCMS) is officially accepting applications through March 31, 2021 for two scholarship award programs: the Dr. William Lascheid Memorial Scholarship for medical students and Healthcare Student Scholarships for students enrolled in or accepted to healthcare degree programs.

The Dr. William Lascheid Memorial Scholarship honors and remembers CCMS Past President and Neighborhood Health Clinic co-founder Dr. William Lascheid and his legacy of providing care and a medical home for thousands of underserved in Collier County. Eligible Florida residents enrolled in or accepted to medical school, who have demonstrated excellence in service to their community, may apply.

The Foundation’s Healthcare Student Scholarships offer awards to eligible Florida residents enrolled in or accepted as students in healthcare degree programs, such as nursing, physician assistant, physical therapy, and more. The scholarships are based on academic merit and contributions to the community. Financial need may also be considered.

“We were thrilled to award scholarships to four excellent students last year and look forward to gifting awards to more exceptional students in 2021,” said Dr. Rolando Rivera, Foundation Board Chair. “The COVID-19 pandemic is a time when our scholarships to healthcare students are even more critical for them to continue their career paths, and to ensure we all have more healthcare workers to care for us in years to come.

Applications and requirements are available at, or may be obtained by calling the Foundation of CCMS, (239) 435-7727 or emailing Information about the 2020 Scholarship Winners is also online.

The Foundation of CCMS is a 501(c)3 charitable organization launched by the Medical Society in 2012, with the mission to provide support and leadership to programs that address access to healthcare and promote health education. To support the Foundation’s scholarship program and charitable healthcare endeavors, make a tax-deductible donation at or call 239-435-7727.