Changing Lives through Healthcare Scholarship

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The Changing Lives through Healthcare Scholarship was established as a partnership between Smyth County Community Hospital HealthTrust (part of the Ballad Health Foundation) and Smyth County Charitable Fund. Healthcare providers in Smyth County continue to have difficulty finding qualified people to fill their nursing and other healthcare support positions required to provide quality healthcare to the residents of Smyth County. This scholarship was developed to assist people interested in these career paths and desiring to work in Smyth County.

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This scholarship is available to residents of Smyth County (for the past 2 years or more). We are looking for students interested in working in the Smyth County area.

Based on input from key healthcare providers in Smyth County, the following are the greatest need in Smyth County:

  • Imaging (Rad Tech, CT Tech, MRI Tech, Echo Tech, Ultrasound Tech, Mammography Tech, Nuclear Medicine),
  • Certified Medical Assistant,
  • Nursing degrees – RN and LPN,
  • Dental Hygienists,
  • Respiratory Therapist,
  • Mental health counselors (Licensed Clinical Social Workers).
Applications are typically available from January to March for this scholarship.


Linda Helton and Mike Robinson with the Smyth County Community Foundation presented a matching grant to Mayor David Helms and the Marion Town Council for their project to upgrade Ogburn Park.

Support Smyth County Community Foundation

We appreciate your contribution to our scholarship and grant-making endowments.

If you would like to send a check instead, address it to Smyth County Community Foundation and include the scholarship or endowment name on the “For” line. Please mail your check to 1 Health Way, Marion, VA 24354​​​​.