The Bruce c. potter memorial scholarship

In 2011, NAHEC established the Bruce C. Potter Memorial Scholarship as a legacy to honor Bruce’s tireless commitment to building healthcare access for those most in need.  The scholarship is a competitive annual award for High School Seniors or College Students in good standing who have completed one or more NAHEC programs (MASH Camp, Rural Immersion, Job Shadowing, Northern Borders PTECH, or CAMPMed) and have been accepted and will be entering a healthcare training program within the next semester cycle.


Bruce C. Potter


Bruce C. Potter was a North Country native, born and raised in Morley, New York.   Bruce graduated from Clarkson University and received his MBA from New York University. He began his career in California with Coopers & Lybrand, but returned to the area in 1977 to serve as the Vice President for Planning and Finance at Canton-Potsdam Hospital. He was appointed President and CEO of Canton-Potsdam Hospital in 1987, and served in that capacity until his retirement in 2004. 

During his tenure, Bruce served in leadership positions on numerous Boards; he was a founding member and long-time Chair of the NAHEC Board.  Bruce was dedicated to serving his communities, and he was passionately invested in the delivery of quality healthcare services to the region. He emphasized development of educational and training pathways for local individuals to pursue healthcare careers and deliver the quality services needed.  His drive, character, integrity and passion for service embodied the foundation upon which NAHEC was founded, and continues to guide the organization’s operations and programs.

2022 Bruce C. Potter Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Megan Reed was awarded the 2022 Bruce C. Potter Memorial Scholarship at the Northern Area Health Education Center (NAHEC) Board of Directors virtual meeting on Sept. 28.

A recording of her acknowledgment of the award was enjoyed by the NAHEC staff and Board of Directors.

Megan is the daughter of Kevin and Tina Reed of Ogdensburg. She graduated from Ogdensburg Free Academy, achieving the status of valedictorian in her class of 2022.

Megan’s interest in healthcare started at a very young age. Her interest peaked when she attended a NAHEC MASH camp where she had the opportunity to experience multiple departments within the hospital, including her favorite, Radiology. Megan also participated in New Visions Medical Careers at Northwest Tech BOCES in Ogdensburg, which provided her with interactive experiences that will help further her healthcare career.

She is studying radiologic technology at Alfred State College. Once graduating from Alfred State College, she plans to return to the North Country to provide services to the residents of her beloved community.

Pictured is Megan Reed of Ogdensburg, NY at her Class of 2022 Commencement.

Donate to the Bruce C. Potter, M.D. Scholarship

When you support the Bruce C. Potter, M.D. Scholarship Fund, you’re not only helping students realize their goals, you’re investing in the future health of our community.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of NAHEC, we thank you very much for your support. This scholarship would not be possible without the generous gifts of supporters like you.

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