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Lafayette Parish Medical Society Alliance Awards Scholarship - 7/6/2015 -

(Lafayette, LA) The Lafayette Parish Medical Society Alliance (LPMSA) Medical Scholarship Fund, at Community Foundation of Acadiana, recently awarded a $3,000 scholarship to medical student, Amy DeKerlegand.

DeKerlegand is a graduate of UL Lafayette and Lafayette High School. She has been accepted into the medical program at the LSU Health and Science School in New Orleans and will begin school this fall.

Scholarship recipient, Amy DeKerlegand said, "I want to practice medicine because I grew up around it. My dad was an ICU nurse, and his career peaked my interest in medicine at an early age.

The scholarship fund was created to help ensure the future of medicine in Lafayette by providing assistance to students residing in Lafayette Parish who are in medical school.

LPMSA President, Lauren Swan said, "I am so glad the medical alliance awards this scholarship because medical school is expensive. It is important that we support our local community.

This is the third year LPMSA awards a scholarship and there are six, past recipients. The scholarship is made possible by contributions from LPMSA members and aims to sustain the future of medicine in Lafayette Parish by providing scholarships to medical students who are residents of Lafayette Parish.

Scholarship applicants must be residents of Lafayette Parish, currently enrolled in or entering medical school and a Louisiana resident for at least 12 months prior to applying. Applicants are also required to provide two letters of reference, proof of enrollment and a one-page essay.

LPMSA is a nonprofit service organization of physicians and their spouses who are dedicated to advancing the health of Acadiana.The group is committed to promoting health education; supporting health-related charitable endeavors; encouraging participation of volunteers in activities that address health care needs; and extending health-related programs of the Lafayette Parish Medical Society.

For more information on the LPMSA Medical Scholarship Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana, please visit


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