Holiday spirit was in the air on Friday, Nov. 7, as more than 700 guests descended upon the Erie Bayfront Convention Center for the 15th annual LECOM Student Scholarship Auction. Themed holiday centerpieces and gift baskets provided a backdrop to the event, with the usual silent and live auctions benefiting the LECOM Student Scholarship Fund.
|John Ferretti, D.O., President and CEO of LECOM, receives a check from Robert George, D.O., Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at LECOM Bradenton, for money earned during the Bradenton scholarship auction in September.|
|The Bayfront Convention Center hosted more than 700 guests for this year's Student Scholarship Auction.|
Guests bid on a host of unique items, including a trip to Cancun, a Pac-Man/Galaga gaming table and an outdoor theater system, among others. More than 400 items were available for bidding.
The parents of second-year LECOM student Matthew St. Onge won the top prize in the scholarship sweepstakes, taking home a $1,250 savings bond. The parents of first-year pharmacy student Nathan Dahl won the $500 bond, and second-year pharmacy student Lauren Clifford won the $250 prize.
As LECOM grows, it continues to offer benefits to its osteopathic and pharmacy students, and the community it serves. The school makes these types of investments to ensure a fiscally and medically healthy community where our students learn and work.
Providing this kind of top-quality educational experience where students can obtain a medical or pharmacy degree creates financial burdens for LECOM students. While LECOM maintains one of the lowest private medical school tuitions, students face mounting debt as they complete their education. Most medical students graduate owing more than $150,000. Through donations to the Student Scholarship Fund and events such as the scholarship auction, LECOM is able to help deserving students fulfill their dreams.