MANATEE -- Paying for health and wellness services can be a challenge regardless of the circumstances facing an individual or a family.
Consequently, Manatee Glens has begun a program that offers scholarships to help clients and patients in need, according to Janet Ginn, the nonprofit's chief financial officer.
The scholarships are designed to assist people with little or no insurance or financial resources to receive the medical care and counseling necessary.
There is also a scholarship to help educate future physicians in the residency program.
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"So many lives are touched each year by our services that we created this as a way for our supporters to establish a living tribute that will change lives and heal families," Ginn said.
"Donors appreciate that 100 percent of their gift goes directly to the scholarship. No part of the gift is used for administrative or fundraising costs."
Gifts can be designated for specific areas, groups -- i.e., children, teenagers, adults -- or programs of Manatee Glens.
A $1,000 scholarship will provide care and treatment to a sexual assault victim in the Manatee Glens Rape Crisis Center.
A $10,000 scholarship will provide 28 days of treatment in the Manatee Glens Addiction Center.
A $60,000 scholarship will provide a year of education for a psychiatry resident.
"Gifts of any size are greatly appreciated and will be used as the donor desires," Ginn said.
For more details on the Manatee Glens Scholarship Program, call 941-782-4304. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vin Mannix, local columnist, can be reached at 941-745-7055. Twitter:@vinmannix