The Petersburg Medical Center Foundation awarded Margaret Hunter a $10,000 scholarship after a unanimous vote by the hospital board.
Hunter is currently enrolled at Montana State University in the Montana Medical Laboratory Science Program.
The Norma J. Tenfjord Scholarship is awarded to Petersburg residents who agree on coming back to town and working at PMC after receiving their education. Recipients must work for two years at PMC or pay the scholarship amount back with 8 percent interest.
There was some concern during the meeting whether or not a position in the lab would be available by summer 2014 when Hunter would be able to begin her career.
“That’s the hard part,” board member Tim Koeneman said. “If you don’t have a position available then do you have a process in place where they don’t have to meet that commitment? It’s not the student’s fault.”
No positions are currently available in the lab but Lab Director Elizabeth Bacom said that could easily change by 2014.
In her application, Hunter indicated she would be willing to work part-time in order to fulfill the scholarship agreement.
Five other individuals have received the scholarship all of whom still work in various departments at PMC.
“That’s what’s great about this program,” board president Tom Abbott said. “We’re getting Petersburg kids into the medical field and we’re growing our own.”
The board voted unanimously to approve the scholarship.