Jackson, Michigan - Henry Ford Allegiance Health has committed $60,000 to local scholarships as a tribute to retiring President & CEO Georgia Fojtasek’s legacy of supporting education in the Jackson community.
“Education at all levels provides a path to personal prosperity and promotes community stability. Scholarships like these not only create access to education, they can change the trajectory of hundreds of young lives,” said CEO of the Jackson Community Foundation Monica Moser. “We are grateful for the example Georgia continues to set as a generous and consistent supporter of education in our community by committing personal and professional resources to arts education, manufacturing and other trades programs and non-profit organizations.”
In recognition of Fojtasek’s unwavering dedication and generosity over her three decades of leadership, Henry Ford Allegiance Health through the Community Vitality Fund, has awarded $10,000 to each of the following educational scholarships:
- Edward and Nella Fullman Scholarship was established by Georgia and Travis Fojtasek in her parent’s memory to support children with financial need who are living under compelling circumstances and wish to enter the field of nursing.
- Volunteers of Henry Ford Allegiance Health Scholarship awards educational funds to dependents of Henry Ford Allegiance Health staff who wish to pursue a degree in health care.
- Jackson Area Manufacturers Association Kids’ Programs provides scholarships to camps where students learn the principles of math, science, technology, engineering, manufacturing, computer aided design and metal fabrication by designing and completing hands on projects.
- Jackson Commercial Contractors Association Grant Program awards scholarships to Jackson area graduating seniors pursuing post-secondary education and training in commercial construction trades.
- Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School grants need-based music education scholarships to local students.
- Jackson School of the Arts Scholarships makes it possible for Jackson County children to attend art, dance and theater classes, regardless of income limitations.
“My mother and father were both committed to their children’s education despite their very limited resources. Supporting access to educational opportunities for children in our community is a privilege and a way to honor my parent’s legacy,” said Fojtasek.
Dollars are being distributed to each of these recipients in a lump sum of $10,000 each, with the expectation that they will use $1,000 per year over the next ten years to provide scholarships to qualified applicants.
About Henry Ford Allegiance Health
Henry Ford Allegiance Health (HFAH) is a 475-bed health system in Jackson, Michigan. HFAH complements traditional acute care services with primary and community-based to support patients across the health continuum at every stage of life. With its Level II Trauma Center, Henry Ford Allegiance Health provides comprehensive care for severely injured patients. As a teaching hospital, Henry Ford Allegiance Health continually looks to the future with its Center for Health Innovation & Education and Graduate Medical Education program. Through its Health Improvement Organization (HIO), HFAH is also a national leader in forming community partnerships that innovatively address wellness and prevention needs across the region.
About Henry Ford Health System
Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) is a six-hospital system headquartered in Detroit, Michigan. HFHS is one of the nation’s leading comprehensive, integrated health systems, recognized for clinical excellence and innovation. It provides health insurance and health care delivery, including acute, specialty, primary and preventive care services backed by excellence in research and education. HFHS is a 2011 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient.