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ACT accepting applications for U.R. Plante Scholarship

LAKE PLACID - The Adirondack Community Trust (ACT) is accepting applications for the Dr. U. R. Plante Medical Scholarship Fund.

The Dr. U. R. Plante Scholarship gives out an annual $10,000 scholarship for a student attending medical school who has lived in either the Adirondack Park or Essex, Clinton, Hamilton, Franklin, or St. Lawrence Counties for at least two years.

Candidates must have the following qualifications in order to be eligible for this scholarship. Students must be a resident of either, the Adirondack Park, St. Lawrence, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton or Clinton County of New York State or have lived in one of these counties for at least two years. The student must also be accepted by an accredited Medical School in either the United States or Canada and studying for an MD.

The candidate must also be willing to return to either the Adirondack Park, St. Lawrence, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton or Clinton County, NY to practice for at least two years; or be willing to practice for two years in a remote part of the U.S. or another country where doctors are needed. The application deadline is April 13.

This fund was established in honor of Dr. U. R. Plante, who was born in 1891 at Mooers Forks, later moving to Tupper Lake, where he graduated from Holy Ghost Academy. In 1915, he graduated from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine. After a year's internship, he established a practice in Massena, N.Y. From 1917 to 1919, he served as an officer in the Medical Corps in France and Germany during World War I.

In 1919, Dr. Plante married Priscilla Martin of Tupper Lake and returned to Massena. He chose to practice in the "Pine Grove" area where many new immigrants from Europe had settled close to their work in the new Aluminum Company of America. They originated from more than 20 countries, among them Armenia, Italy, Hungary, and Poland. When the patient did not speak English or French, Dr. Plante usually found an interpreter, but sometimes sign language had to do.

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