Baystate Health awarded $25,000 in scholarships to 26 Baystate Springfield Educational Partnership (BSEP) students and alumni to help them further their education in a healthcare field.
BSEP offers Springfield high school students hospital-based learning experiences that provide opportunities to explore different careers, engage in more comprehensive observation experiences, and prepare for potential internship or employment opportunities. To date, BSEP has supported more than 400 internships and work opportunities that have led to over 125 permanent employment opportunities for its alumni.
One scholarship recipient, Suraji Omoru, wants to be a cardiac surgeon and help people with congenital heart defects. He shared his experiences working as a patient care technician at Baystate while attending Springfield College.
The virtual event on August 25 featured remarks from Baystate leaders Tejas Gandhi, chief operating officer, Baystate Medical Center and Dr. Kevin Hinchey, chief education officer, Baystate Health. Funding for the scholarships is made possible through Baystate’s Community Benefits Program.