HealthLitNow, a nonprofit organization launched from the Tuolumne County Innovation Lab in 2014, recently announced two scholarship funds established to support graduating high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in health care.

Scholarships are available for both Tuolumne and Calaveras county students.

The scholarship fund received a $10,000 donation from Mark Twain Medical Center, $10,000 from the Sonora Area Foundation, and $2,000 from the Economic Prosperity Council of Tuolumne County.

Scholarships will be administered by the Calaveras Community Foundation in Calaveras County and by the Sonora Area Foundation in Calaveras County.

“HealthLitNow has been a leading example of how an initial grant from SAF can be used to establish a sustainable program benefiting the students and families of Tuolumne County,” said Darrell Slocum, executive director of SAF. “We are pleased to be able to contribute to the long-term support of those students who decide to pursue a career in Healthcare.”

Larry Cope, executive director of EPCTC, said “The HealthLitNow program captures and makes possible opportunity for the students of Tuolumne County to earn a family wage income while enhancing their Health Literacy. We are very pleased to again be able to contribute to this great program.”

“MTMC is very proud to provide this opportunity for our youth,” said Nicki Stevens of MTMC. “We believe that the HealthLitNow programs are the gateway to life changing choices and inspiration for our future leaders!”

An additional $3,000 was contributed by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous bringing the initial Fund total to $15,000.

“We are most grateful to all four donors that have made possible the establishment of these two scholarship funds,” said Barry Hillman, president of HealthLitNow. “These funds will be available to students who wish to pursue a career in healthcare for any post high school education. With the establishment of these two funds, we are hopeful that others will help us expand the available scholarships with their future donations. We want kids to succeed, and funds like these pave the way to the opportunity of great future employment and enhancement of Health Literacy for the entire community.”