Cabinet Peaks Medical Group and Cabinet Peaks Medical Center had the privilege of awarding local graduating Libby and Troy high school seniors with college scholarships.
The first scholarships were given from the employees of Cabinet Peaks Medical Center. This scholarship encourages area youth to pursue degrees in the field of medicine. The money for these scholarships comes from the donations of CPMC employees through payroll deduction to the CPMC Employee Medical Scholarship Fund. In addition to the money given by the employees (which has totaled over $20,000 in the past 16 years), the medical center matches the contribution to help these students get a jump start in their healthcare career.

Local students who received the $500 individual scholarships this year were Jared Winslow from Libby and Kellie Lundin from Troy. The student's applications were reviewed by the CPMC scholarship committee and recipients were chosen based on their academics, leadership, school activities, and community service. Students were also asked to write an essay on their reasons for choosing a career in healthcare.

In addition to the long tradition of scholarships from the CPMC Employee Medical Scholarship Fund, the Cabinet Peaks Medical Group, which includes the orthopaedic practice of Dr. Urvater and the OB/GYN practice of Dr. Camber, awarded four $500 scholarships to area students. Two of these scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors who were involved in fine arts at their school, and two were awarded to seniors who were active in their high school athletic programs.

In addition to proving their involvement in one of these two programs, the students were required to show that they are currently accepted as a full time student at a college, university, or trade school; asked to demonstrate community involvement, as well as academic activities and honors; and finally, to write an essay stating why they are applying, their qualifications, and their educational and career goals.

Receiving the Fine Arts Scholarship from Dr. Anne Camber's practice were Cody Barrick from Libby and Katie Lundin from Troy. Receiving the Athletic Scholarships from Dr. Joshua Urvater's practice were Jason Schnackenberg from Libby and Kellie Lundin from Troy.

"We are thrilled to be able to offer these scholarships to young adults in our service area," stated Bruce Whitfield, CEO at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center. "We understand the importance of giving back to our youth, and recognize the costs associated with getting a college education. Most of the seniors who received scholarships from Cabinet Peaks Medical Center and Cabinet Peaks Medical Group have plans to enter the medical field in one way or another, and we know that some of them may consider coming back home to serve the patients at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center. We hope that our scholarships help all of these students achieve their educational and career goals."