Fairmont native honored with scholarship for students pursuing a graduate degree in healthcare Management

The daughter of a Fairmont native has established a scholarship in her mother’s name to benefit students pursuing a master’s degree in health care management. 

Anne M. Schneider, M.D., has created the endowment in memory of her mother, honoring their shared interest in encouraging women to pursue medical and healthcare leadership careers. The Rosita Alvarez Schneider Scholarship for Healthcare Leadership will provide financial support for students enrolled in the Healthcare Management graduate program at Fairmont State University’s School of Business and Aviation, with a preference for assisting female students.

Rosita Alvarez Schneider was born in Fairmont, WV, to Spanish immigrants. After completing her high school education at Fairmont Senior High School, Mrs. Schneider left the Mountain State to pursue a healthcare focused education in Chicago, studying radiology technology at Illinois Masonic Hospital. Upon completion of her training, Mrs. Schneider started her career at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI. She served as an advocate for women seeking careers in healthcare until her passing in 2016.

“I feel this scholarship is a great fit for Mom,” Schneider said. “Among her highest ideals were education, women’s independence, health care, and generosity. She both valued and embodied them. I’m so glad to honor her this way.”

The Master of Science in Healthcare Management at Fairmont State is ideal for working professionals. In addition to being affordable, the program offers online coursework, mentorships, and a curriculum that emphasizes real-world application.

 “I’ve designed the program to be accessible for the working professional who may not have time to otherwise participate in on-campus courses,” said Professor M. Raymond Alvarez, program coordinator for the MSHM and brother of the late Mrs. Schneider.

The Rosita Alvarez Schneider Scholarship for Healthcare Leadership will be awarded to two students with a preference for women. Students enrolled in their second term of study in the Healthcare Management program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible and the scholarship is renewable as long as a recipient remains in good academic standing.

This endowment was created through the Fairmont State Foundation Inc., the non-profit organization that solicits and administers private donations on behalf of the Fairmont State University.

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