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Margaret Briggs Foundation Provides $400,000 Scholarship Grant to The Commonwealth Medical College Scholarships to Aid Local Students

Tuesday, December 30, 2020

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The Margaret Briggs Foundation has announced a grant that will specifically benefit students from Lackawanna County. A $400,000 grant has been awarded to The Commonwealth Medical College to fund five $20,000 annual scholarships to medical students who have graduated from high schools in Lackawanna County.

“This grant from the Margaret Briggs Foundation not only aids local students but brings TCMC a step closer to our scholarship goals. TCMC is committed to bringing the brightest and most qualified students into its charter class and providing scholarships to these deserving students helps us accomplished that goal.” stated President and Dean, Robert D’Alessandri, MD. “We look forward to selecting five students from our incoming class that have graduated from a Lackawanna County high school to receive the scholarships from this grant, and we hope to have at least 70% of candidate slots go to students from Pennsylvania.”

The College is currently seeking scholarship support for the charter class at $20,000 a student for each of the four years of school. To date, the College has raised enough for 48 scholarships and continues to look for funding for the additional 12.

During the next 20 years, the new medical school is expected to add 425 practicing physicians to Northeastern Pennsylvania. In addition, is expected to add $70 million to the local economy and create 1,000 new jobs that directly and indirectly support the school’s operations.

The Commonwealth Medical College is a new medical school that will serve all of northeastern Pennsylvania and expects to accept sixty medical students and thirty Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) students in 2009. The College has campuses in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport and currently has 75 full time employees and 430 Clinical Faculty members to date. The Commonwealth Medical College is dedicated to training the next generation of physicians in a community-based model. Focusing on selecting students with a propensity for community service, the school’s unique structure is designed to provide these students with diverse clinical experiences from the very first day of their education. The Commonwealth Medical College has received degree-granting authority from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. For more information, go to