McLucas Scholarship FundRussell C. McLucas, MD, Scholarship Fund Given to FCMC Foundation
Arthur & Ruth Schmidt Community Trust Donates $100,000 To The Endowment Fund
Top Row: Billie Brown, Joelle Kaminsky, Erin Peck Pistner, Andrew Smith
Bottom Row: Ethan Stern, Devin Welsh, Hannah Young
Clyde Bookheimer and Russell C. McLucas Jr. present Mike Straley (FCMC
Foundation Executive Director) with a check from the Russell C. McLucas, MD,
At a reception on June 30, 2014, honoring the McLucas family and its scholarship committee with the transferring of the Russell C. McLucas, MD, Scholarship Fund over to the Fulton County Medical Center Foundation, it was announced that the Arthur & Ruth Schmidt Community Trust was adding an additional $50,000 to the post-graduate scholarship fund.
The Schmidt Community Trust had already contributed $50,000 contingent on the transfer of the McLucas Scholarship Fund to the FCMC Foundation late last year. The actual transfer wasn't approved by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General until April.
"Arthur Schmidt told the committee that was formed for his trust fund to make it something meaningful and to have it make a difference," said Clyde Bookheimer, who serves on the Arthur and Ruth Schmidt Community Trust Committee. "We know we're going to need doctors in this community...we believe that Arthur and Ruth would have wanted to do this...we were aware of what was happening with the McLucas Trust Fund so we thought we would assist with the McLucas Scholarship Fund, which was the biggest grant that we had given out. It was a great decision. Tonight, we are here to give another $50,000 to the McLucas Scholarship Fund."
The Fund has grown to $139,708. Only the accumulated interest will be used to award scholarships.
"I was floored when I was notified about the original $50,000 gift and tonight is no different," said Mike Straley, Executive Director of the FCMC Foundation. "On behalf of the Foundation and our scholarship committee, it's a blessing to have people believe in this cause. It is a tremendous honor to accept this responsibility because of who Dr. McLucas was and what he stood for. Our goal is to continue to grow the fund so that more students can benefit from the scholarship while pursuing their career aspirations like McLucas."
As part of the reception, the FCMC Foundation awarded its first Russell C. McLucas, MD, Scholarships to two local individuals: Elissa Colledge of Wells Tannery and Hannah Young of McConnellsburg. Colledge, a repeat recipient from 2013, is attending West Virginia University's School of Dentistry. Young will begin attending the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine later this month.
Dr. McLucas would have been proud of these two recipients said Bookheimer.
More than a Country Doctor
McLucas was more than a local family physician. He was a teacher, whether he knew it or not.
When diagnosing something unusual with a patient in his office, he would often pause to call in the office staff to show them and explain the nature of the infirmity.
"The patient would learn and we would, too," explained daughter Stephanie Crouse, who served as a member of her father's front office staff. "In the evening, he would go home and grab a bite to eat, and then go back to the Fulton County Medical Center. He would hang out in acute care and the ER...that's when he did a lot of his teaching."
"I had the opportunity to practice medicine the old fashioned way with the best country doctor that anyone could wish for and that was with Dr. McLucas," said Dr. Harry Johnston, a member of the McLucas Scholarship Committee.
Originally created in 1998 by his family shortly after his death, the Russell C. McLucas, MD, Scholarship Fund had been managed by a committee of family members and community members - Imogene McLucas (widow), Stephanie Crouse (daughter), Russell McLucas Jr. (son), Clyde Bookheimer (community), Dr. Harry Johnston (community) and Dave Hoover (community).
The Russell C. McLucas, MD, Scholarship Fund was created to offer scholarships to residents of Fulton County, Southern Huntingdon County, western Franklin County, eastern Bedford County and Hancock, Maryland, who are seeking a career in Direct Delivery Patient Care. The candidate must have an undergraduate degree (B.A. or B.S.) and be pursuing a graduate degree with an emphasis in a health care-related field.
Through 2016, the McLucas Scholarship Program has awarded $21,650 to 13 different individuals.
Here is a list of the past recipients:
2000 - Rebecca Horton
2001 - Rebecca Horton
2002 - Dawn Seiders
2003 - Dawn Seiders
2004 - Dawn Seiders
2005 - Dawn Seiders
2006 - Tara Keefer, Rebecca Leese
2007 - Tara Keefer
2008 - Tara Keefer, Megan Ramsey
2009 - Tara Keefer
2012 - Dustin Pine
2013 - Elissa Colledge
2014 - Elissa Colledge, Hannah Young
2015 - Ethan Stern, Colby Sowers, Hannah Young
2016 - Billie Brown, Jordan Kaminsky, Ethan Stern, Elaina Truax, Devin Welsh, Hannah Young
2017 - Billie Brown, Joelle Kaminsky, Erin Peck Pistner, Andrew Smith, Ethan Stern, Devin Welsh, Hannah Young
Scholarship Fund Established
The Russell C. McLucas, MD, Scholarship Fund was established by his wife after the beloved doctor's death in 1998. It annually awards a post-graduate stipend to a student pursuing a direct delivery patient care career. It has awarded $11,150 to eight area students -- four of which have been repeat recipients.
"It was a privilege to serve on the McLucas Scholarship Committee with the McLucas family," said Johnston. "It was a wise decision to put this into the hands of the (FCMC) Foundation's Scholarship Program. Today, it takes a lot of money to go to medical school -- the average is about $60,000 a year. If we want to attract someone to come back here to set up a practice, we have to provide them with the education."
FCMC Foundation Given McLucas Fund
In April, the McLucas Scholarship Committee gave the McLucas Scholarship Fund's rights to the Fulton County Medical Center Foundation to continue in perpetuity the awarding of post-graduate stipends.
The FCMC Foundation has its own scholarship program that awards stipends to graduating high school seniors and current college students who are pursuing health care related careers. The McLucas Scholarship Fund will complement the current scholarship program with its post-graduate requirements.
"The McLucas Committee looked at the medical center's scholarship program and was impressed with how it was run and its application process," said Crouse. "We felt we accomplished our purpose of getting it up and running, and maybe it was time for us to put it into another set of good hands. The scholarship idea was my mom's idea and the instead of flowers, she asked that memorial contributions be made to the McLucas Medical Scholarship Fund. The community responded back in 1998 and 1999 by contributing over $30,000."
"It was never a job to him, it was his avocation," continued Crouse. "Someone once told me: 'Anybody can be a physician, few can be a doctor.' I truly believe that about my father. He loved learning and he loved teaching and he would gently guide us through his knowledge and understanding."
You can assist our scholarship program by making a tax deductable donation either online or by mail. Please denote your contribution to the FCMC Foundation Scholarship Fund.
Send it to:
214 Peach Orchard Road
McConnellsburg, PA 17233
2017 Application Now Available!
FCMC Foundation Scholarship Committee:
Loy Garber (chairman) - FCMC Foundation Board Member
Trudy Everhart - FCMC Foundation Board Member
Mike Straley - FCMC Foundation Executive Director
Helen Overly - FCMC Foundation Board Member
Becky Greenawalt - Quality Program Coordinator
Annette Sanders - Director of Education/Risk Management
Sally Gresty - Former FCMC Clinical Educator
Chris Boryan (facilitator) - FCMCF Grants and Donor Relations Manager
DID YOU KNOW:
A great way to honor a member of the FCMC Medical Staff (former or current) is to create an endowed scholarship fund in honor or memory of the individual. Click on planned giving or contact Mike Straley for more information.