HackensackUMC and St. George’s University Award 2014 Scholarships to Four Bergen County Medical School Students

August 26, 2014 12:48 PM

Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC) and St. George’s University (SGU) recently awarded four partial scholarships to SGU students who are permanent residents of Bergen County.  Recipients of the scholarships are Eric Wien, Upper Saddle River, NJ; Priju Varghese, Bergenfield, NJ; Andre Savadjian, Old Tappan, NJ; and Ali Atoot, Hasbrouck Heights, NJ.

These scholarships are a result of HackensackUMC’s academic partnership with St. George’s University School of Medicine in Grenada.  The scholarships awarded are for 50 percent tuition for the student’s remaining years of enrollment at the medical school. 

“Congratulations to our scholarship recipients.  They are excellent representatives of Bergen County to St. George’s University.  We hope to see them back at HackensackUMC in their 3rdand 4thyear electives, residency, and in their practice in the years to come,” said Joseph Feldman, M.D., chairman of the Emergency Medicine Department at HackensackUMC and director of Medical Education for SGU at HackensackUMC. 

The scholarship is available to residents of Bergen County, NJ and immediate family members of the medical and dental staff or employees at HackensackUMC in good standing, who have been accepted to begin their first year of medical education at St. George’s University, Grenada.

The scholarship awards are named as follows and are awarded based on merit and/or financial need:

Chairman’s Scholarship – Eric Wien, Upper Saddle River

CEO Scholarship – Priju Varghese, Bergenfield

Chairman of the Medical Executive Committee Scholarship – Andre Savadjian, Old Tappan

President of the Medical Executive Committee Scholarship – Ali Atoot, Hasbrouck Heights

All applicants must meet the following requirements:

Entering first year student at SGU

Copy of the SGU acceptance letter must be provided

Applicants from Bergen County, NJ must provide proof of address (non-employees)

Submit copy of college transcripts

Copies of awards, abstracts and/or academic achievements


An essay (min. 500 words) describing why you should be considered for the scholarship based on one or more of the following listed below:

Outstanding Academic Achievement

Community Work

Leadership Roles

Financial Hardship


For more information on the HackensackUMC/SGUSOM Scholarship, please contact Sonia Gonzalez in the Office of Academic Affairs at SoniaGonzalez@HackensackUMC.org.

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,250 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,700 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2014-15. It is one of the top 30 hospitals in the nation by receiving 11 national specialty rankings, including a national ranking for the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for eight years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 12 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament and the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLV111 Host Committee. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.   

About St. George's University

St. George's University is a center of international education, drawing students and faculty from 140 countries to the island of Grenada, in the West Indies. St. George's is affiliated with educational institutions worldwide, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and Ireland. The University's over 11,000 graduates include physicians, veterinarians, scientists, and public health and business professionals across the world. The University programs are accredited and approved by many governing authorities and repeatedly recognized as the best in the region. St. George's University's medical clerkships provide students the opportunity to learn medicine in some of the best-known hospitals in the world. The clerkships at these hospitals conform to the curriculum, course descriptions, and educational goals of St. George's University School of Medicine, and are monitored carefully through site visits and faculty meetings. During the clerkships students are taught by over 800 clinicians and in addition are overseen by an appointed Director of Medical Education at each clinical center.




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