Published on March 25, 2022

Scholarships Available from MyMichigan Health Foundation

MyMichigan Health Foundation will soon be accepting applications for various scholarships for the 2022-2023 school year. Applications will be accepted beginning April 1 with a submission deadline of June 1, 2022. Scholarships will be awarded on June 28, 2022.

The Dr. Peter Aliferis Memorial Scholarship: The Medical Center Laboratory staff established this fund as a tribute to Dr. Peter Aliferis, a pathologist for 37 years. Dr. Aliferis passed away on March 13, 2022, and the scholarship fund is in memory of his many contributions to the hospital and community. The $1,000 scholarship will help graduating residents pursue a career in the clinical laboratory science field or medical school.

William E. & Mary C. DesOrmeau Scholarship: MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena is like every other hospital when it comes to the current shortage of nursing personnel. Former Chief Nursing Officer, Mary DesOrmeau, and her husband, Bill, established this $1,000 scholarship in direct response to the nursing shortage. This scholarship assists full-time second level students enrolled in a nursing program. Applicants must be a resident of Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency or Presque Isle counties.

Gerald L. Kramer Education Scholarship: This $500 scholarship has been made available by June Kramer in memory of her husband and community volunteer, Gerald L. Kramer. Gerald spent many hours at MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena brightening the lives of many with his infectious smile and laugh. Scholarship applicants must be enrolled in the field of Nursing or direct patient care.

Hope Romel Memorial Education Scholarship: Hope was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), more commonly known as “Brittle Bone Disease.” She received physical therapy and aquatic therapy to assist with her mobility goals, activities of daily living, equipment management and pain management. She did not allow her OI to define her and she was able to achieve many of her life goals including obtaining two college degrees, owning her own business and living independently.  Hope passed away on September 2, 2020, at the age of 29. This $500 scholarship is available to students pursuing a career in physical therapy, occupational therapy or as a physical therapy assistant.

Residents of Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency or Presque Isle Counties who are interested in applying for a scholarship may visit Those interested in more information may contact Ann Diamond, director, MyMichigan Health Foundation, at (989) 356-7738 or