The medical staff at Largo Medical Center presented its 5th Annual Medical Staff Healthcare Educational Scholarship to 18-year-old, Largo High School Senior, Tan Nguyen. In the past, a $10,000 scholarship was awarded to one high school senior, over the course of four years while earning his or her bachelor's degree. This year the scholarship award increased to $20,000, with the student receiving $5,000 per year.
"We are so happy to see past recipients go on to excel with their college curriculums that we decided to up the ante with the annual disbursement understanding how much more it can help Tan, and others like him in the future, focus on what's really important when he gets to college," said Karen Kritsky, DO, Member, Largo Medical Center Medical Staff.
Criteria for this scholarship includes a student who demonstrates a commitment to enter a healthcare related field, leadership, community support and academic excellence by maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA. A committee of physicians on the hospital's medical staff select the recipient. Financial need is a consideration but is not required to receive the scholarship.
"I am very appreciative for being selected as the recipient of the Largo Medical Center scholarship," said Tan Nguyen. "This scholarship will help me pursue my post-secondary education at the University of Florida. At the institution, I will likely major in Biochemistry on the Pre-Med track, chasing the dream of one day becoming a physician, who will contribute to the life of others through meaningful interactions and conversations."
Tan is in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program at Largo High School. His GPA is 4.9. He was awarded his scholarship at the 2018 Annual Largo Medical Center Medical Staff Meeting held Tuesday, April 24 at the Belleair Country Club.