LEBANON, Oregon – Student-doctors from Western University of Health Sciences were honored with scholarship awards at the school’s Awards & Recognition Ceremony on Tuesday, May 3 at the Boulder Falls Center in Lebanon.

FamilyCare Health Plans awarded $100,000 in funding to students from the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest through the J. Scott Heatherington, DO Scholarship and the Arthur O. Rott, DO Scholarship.

Jeff Heatherington, LHD (Hon.), president and CEO of FamilyCare Health Plans, presented the scholarships alongside Robin Richardson, DO, chairman of FamilyCare’s Board of Directors.

“These are two giants in the profession,” Dr. Heatherington said of his father, J. Scott Heatherington, DO, and Arthur O. Rott, DO. “We hope we have some more giants sitting here in the crowd.”

Second-year medical students who earned the FamilyCare scholarships will receive $20,000 annually for the remainder of their education at COMP-Northwest. The Heatherington and Rott scholarships were created in 2012 with a focus on investing in future physicians who plan to practice medicine in Oregon.

From left to right: J. Scott Heatherington, DO cholars Amanda G. Emmert and Nicole R. Scherlie; Dr. Rob Richardson, chairman of FamilyCare’s Board of Directors; Jeff Heatherington, LHD (Hon.), president and CEO of FamilyCare Family Plans; and Arthur O. Rott, DO scholars Whitney K. Wolfe and Philip M. Grenz,.

From left to right: J. Scott Heatherington, DO cholars Amanda G. Emmert and Nicole R. Scherlie; Dr. Rob Richardson, chairman of FamilyCare’s Board of Directors; Jeff Heatherington, LHD (Hon.), president and CEO of FamilyCare Family Plans; and Arthur O. Rott, DO scholars Whitney K. Wolfe and Philip M. Grenz,.

  • Amanda G. Emmert and Nichole R. Scherlie were awarded the J. Scott Heatherington, DO Scholarship. Dr. Heatherington was known for his leadership in the profession and his embodiment of osteopathic principles and practices. The students who were awarded the scholarship are recognized for leadership and commitment to the profession and principles of osteopathic medicine.
  • Emily B. Anderson, Philip M. Grenz, and Whitney N. Wolfe were awarded the Arthur O. Rott, DO Scholarship. Dr. Rott was known by his peers as an exemplary educator. The three student-doctors who were awarded the scholarship are recognized for their passion and dedication to learning and contributing to the creation of future osteopathic physicians.

In addition to the FamilyCare scholarships, three private-party donors awarded scholarships to WesternU COMP-Northwest students.

  • Ankura K. Patel was given the Henry M. and Anne-Louise Bennett Medical Education Scholarship. This $5,000 award is given to a student who is committed to returning to rural Nevada to practice medicine. The Bennetts, who are from Reno, believe strongly in philanthropy and public service. Student-doctor Patel is also from Reno.
  • Jonathan D. Shader was awarded the John and Carol Dinges Medical Education Award. The $5,000 scholarship recognizes a student who has a commitment to practicing primary care in an underserved small town or rural area. The Dinges family are longtime Lebanon residents.
  • Nicole R. Scherlie was honored with the Eubanks Memorial Trust scholarship. The $2,000 award was presented by Paul Aversano, DO, in honor of Robert Eubanks, DO, and Theresa Eubanks, DO. The award is given to a student who has an interest in practicing primary care.