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Scholarships and awards contribute to one student’s success

Michele (Kondracki) Gortakowski seated

Michele Gortakowski

Originally from Wilkes-Barre, PA, attended Dickinson College and graduated with honors with a degree in chemistry and biochemistry/molecular biology. She is a first-generation college student who has persevered despite the many financial hardships and illnesses in her family.

Gortakowski has worked hard and overcome many obstacles to get where she is today. She graduated in May from the College of Medicine and began a combined medicine-pediatrics residency training program in July at Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine in Springfield, Massachusetts. She also got married in early 2012, which adds another milestone to an already amazing year.

“I just always knew that I wanted to go to college. I really liked Dickinson because it was a place that I could thrive academically and personally, and I was able to go with a lot of scholarships and financial aid,” Gortakowski said.

As an undergraduate student, Gortakowski had the opportunity to participate in the Primary Care Scholar’s Program at the College of Medicine. “I knew that the College of Medicine was where I wanted to receive my medical education,” she said. “It was also a good fit since it was close to home.” (more…)

August 3, 2012 at 11:00 am 1 comment

2011 Commencement – Penn State College of Medicine

Our 41st annual commencement ceremony was held on Sunday, May 15, at Founders Hall, Milton Hershey School.  Degrees were conferred on 151 medical students and 66 graduate students.

View some photos of the graduates during the ceremony and the celebration that followed.

Penn State College of Medicine Commencement 2011 slideshow

May 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm Leave a comment

Scholarship recipient has high hopes for “Giving Back”

Jacqueline McLatchy, ’13, remembers when she learned she would become a Hershey Company Scholar. “I was excited,” she says. “Getting that scholarship afforded me the opportunity to work less and devote more time to my studies.”

Still, McLatchy knows firsthand the challenge of real-world juggling. Growing up in Spring Grove, Pennsylvania, everyday life overflowed with household duties. The eldest of four children, McLatchy helped her siblings with their homework and escorted them to afterschool activities while her mother worked several jobs just to scrape by.

“My mom worked very hard, but despite her best efforts it’s difficult to provide for four kids,” she says. Even so, McLatchy found the time to delve into multiple fields of interest including academic clubs, swim teams, and the Special Olympics.

After graduating from Spring Grove High School, McLatchy went to Rochester Institute of Technology on a full academic scholarship. As a student, she became fascinated by developmental biology and doing research. At the same time, she worked as a rehabilitation specialist at a residence for children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. (more…)

June 30, 2010 at 8:39 pm Leave a comment

The Hershey Company: A tradition of giving and partnership

If it’s true that we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give, then Milton S. Hershey’s legacy continues to make for an extraordinary life.

Milton S. Hershey is familiar to some who visit the Medical Center bearing his name, and to others who simply enjoy his namesake chocolate candy. But many people probably aren’t aware of the far-reaching influence of this businessman, leader, and philanthropist. Taken together, the long history among Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine, and The Hershey Company begins to reveal his wide-ranging impact.

For instance, this unique partnership continues to lead the way locally and nationally, working seamlessly toward a common goal — improving the lives of children and the quality of life in the region. And in the last couple decades the steadfast efforts of dedicated men and women embracing Hershey’s vision have left their own imprint. Here are some of the highlights. (more…)

June 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment


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