Medical scholarship recipient chosen

MORRISONVILLE The Adirondack Community Trust has announced Carrie K. Gregory of Morrisonville is the sixth recipient of the $10,000 Dr. U. R. Plante Medical Scholarship. Gregory will go into her third year this fall at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Gregory was born and raised in Morrisonville, and graduated from Seton Catholic High School. She first knew she wanted to pursue a career in medicine after volunteering in Nicaragua with the Mission of Hope, in 2000 and 2006. Now, Gregory plans to study family practice. I find it interesting to see people in all stages of life, Gregory said. I love seeing how people grow in the community. The Dr. U. R. Plante Medical Scholarship was established in honor of Dr. U. R. Plante who practiced medicine in Massena for 56 years, except for two years when he was a captain in the Medical Corps in World War I. Plante was born in 1891 in Mooers Forks and then moved to Tupper Lake, where he attended Holy Ghost Academy. In 1915, he graduated from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. His patients tell many stories about those old days and his kindness. Many times Plante went out into a snowstorm in the middle of the night to deliver babies in patients homes. It is estimated that Plante delivered approximately 9,000 babies during his practice. He also served his community as village trustee, school physician, member of the Board of Health and other boards. He retired in 1972 and died four years later. The Plante family established the scholarship at the Adirondack Community Trust in 2002 stating, May the students receiving this scholarship have the same compassion for their patients that Dr. Plante had for his. The annual $10,000 grant is available to a student working toward an M.D., and who has lived in either the Adirondack Park, or Clinton, Franklin, St. Lawrence, Essex or Hamilton Counties for at least two years. Grants are restricted to students interested in studying medicine who will be willing to practice in the North Country for two years or another area needing doctors. A committee of six reviews all applications and chooses the recipient. ACT was established to build permanent charitable funds to benefit the Adirondack region, said Executive Director Cali Brooks. We are honored to provide an important service to memorialize a family that made such a positive impact in their community. We hope other families that want to honor a loved one know ACT can be a strong partner in scholarship development and management. Many people recognize that the key to their success in life is their education, and they want to make it possible for others to benefit similarly. The Adirondack Community Trust can work with donors, like the Plante family, to make it possible for people to fulfill their dream of establishing scholarship funds. For more information on the Dr. U. R. Plante Medical Scholarship Fund, applications for the 2009 Scholarship or other services provided through the Adirondack Community Trust, call Brooks at 523-9904 or visit www.GenerousAct.org.

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