Scholarship program helps PMMA employees realize dreams
Each year the Employee Scholarship Program provides 30-40 PMMA employees with the funding they need to further their education and realize their professional goals. The program, which was established by a group of private donors and is supported through PMMA payroll deductions and other donations, is available to assist employees who are seeking to gain certification, licensure or a degree from an accredited educational program.
One recent beneficiary of the program is certified medical assistant Gabrielle Moore, who prior to learning about the program, believed furthering her education was beyond her reach.
“The director of nursing at the time told me that I would make a good CMA and when I told her that I couldn’t really afford it, she mentioned applying for the scholarship program,” said Gabrielle.
Not only did the program help her become a CMA, it opened up a whole new career path that previously she never thought possible.
“Getting my CMA really inspired me to continue on and get my LPN,” said Gabrielle. “It made me fall even further in love with nursing.”
To be eligible for the program, individuals must be employed at PMMA for at least one year, be regularly scheduled to work at least eight hours a week during each payroll cycle, show relevance of education to the services provided by PMMA and be employed in good standing at the conclusion of the educational program. If accepted, funds are paid after the successful completion (at least a “C” grade or higher) of the approved course and can be used to cover tuition, fees and books.
If you would like to make a contribution to the program, please visit giving.presbyterianmanors.org/donate/donate-emporia/ and select “Employee Education Assistance Program” from the drop-down menu.