Osteopathic Foundation awards $100,000 in grants

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The Colorado Springs Osteopathic Foundation has awarded a total of $100,000 to 11 local health-related nonprofit organizations.

The grants will help the nonprofits provide access to care, counseling and therapy for some of the community’s most vulnerable citizens.

The organizations receiving grants are: the local American Cancer Society, CASA of the Pikes Peak Region, Disability Services Inc., Early Connections Learning Centers, the El Paso County Department of Health and Environment, Mission Medical Clinic, Prospect Home Care and Hospice, Silver Key Senior Services, Teller Senior Coalition, TESSA and the University of Colorado Aging Center.

Many people living in El Paso and Teller counties have limited or no access to medical care because they lack transportation, finances, insurance or have language or cultural barriers.

Colorado also has a shortage of doctors.

To help alleviate this shortage, the Osteopathic Foundation offers scholarships to third-year osteopathic medical students who are residents of the state.

Three medical students – Jennifer Quick, Adam Foster and James Prickett –  have been awarded $10,000 each in tuition scholarships, which will renew automatically for their fourth year of medical school.

The next deadline for scholarship applications is March 1. The next deadline for grant proposals is Feb. 7.

For more information about the foundation’s Community Grant and Osteopathic Medical Student Scholarship programs, visit the website or call 635-9057.