Jackie Rainwater, a sophomore at Skyview High School, will be attending a National Youth Leadership Forum (NYLF) this summer in Houston, Texas. The NYLF is an opportunity for students interested in pursuing a medical career to have an up-close, real life, look at the medical profession with some of the nations most renowned physicians. The Forum gathers students from across the nation, selected for their leadership qualities, to experience a weeklong seminar related to the career of their interest. "I have wanted to be involved with the medical field most of my life. I really want to help people, but I'm swinging back and forth between becoming a doctor or a veterinarian," said Rainwater.
A $1,000 scholarship from the Independent Physicians Association of the Kenai Peninsula (IPA) and Central Peninsula General Hospital (CPGH) is helping to make the once in a lifetime experience possible for Rainwater. This is the third time the IPA has presented the scholarship to a qualified student, which is now partnered with the CPGH. "The Hospital is always looking for ways to help the youth of our community develop interests in pursuing medical careers and joining with the IPA in this scholarship is just one of those ways," said David Gilbreth, CPGH Administrator. "A medical career is a long haul, a lot of education, and a huge expense for the student. The IPA is excited about providing students, while they are still in high school, an opportunity to go and experience first hand what the field is really like. It gives them a chance to know if the medical field is what they really want to do and get committed to it early on, or come back and decide that medicine is really not their cup of tea. It's important for them to know what they are getting into," said Dr. Carole Buchholz, selection committee chair for the IPA.
Rainwater expressed her appreciation to the community for their support at last weeks Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meeting, "This is a huge help in getting me there, thank you for all the help you give to students on the Kenai Peninsula," said Rainwater.
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