St. Luke’s is offering scholarships to students who plan to attend Northampton Community College (NCC) Monroe campus and study in the nursing and emergency medicine technician (EMT) programs. In return, scholarship recipients agree to work at the St. Luke’s Monroe location for two years after graduation.  

The scholarships are offered through Monroe County’s Pathway Coalition, and the goal is to have local businesses partner with schools to fulfill the community’s staffing and healthcare needs. St. Luke’s Monroe President Donald Seiple serves on the Coalition’s Executive Council along with Associate Dean of NCC Monroe, Dr. Precie Schroyer. The Coalition formed with the goal of keeping more young adults in the region, seeking jobs at home where there is demand in many fields. 

The program will benefit continuously expanding St. Luke’s Monroe as it faces a national nursing and EMT shortage. “We’re very excited about the program and the opportunity to partner with St. Luke’s Monroe Campus moving forward,” Schroyer said. 

“We know the cost of education is a barrier for many students,” said Seiple in a press release this year. “Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity for paid work at St. Luke’s while attending NCC. When the students complete their education and start working, they will be eligible for sign-on bonuses. Then, as an employee, they will qualify for tuition reimbursement and can go on to get their bachelor’s and even master’s degrees.”  

NCC Dean of Allied Health Sciences, Dr. Judith Rex, said EMT students can complete the program in only one semester during the fall or spring, or can opt for an intensive six-week program in the summer. Nursing students can also complete their prerequisite courses first if they so choose and apply for admission to NCC’s two-year associate degree nursing program thereafter.  
 
For more information on the St. Luke’s Monroe Campus Scholarship Program, contact the NCC at 570-369-1801 or monroeenrollment@northampton.edu.