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.

2023 Bruce C. Potter Memorial Scholarship Recipient

We are thrilled to announce that we have awarded the Bruce C. Potter Memorial Scholarship to Rachel Roth. Currently a dedicated Occupational Therapy student at Clarkson University’s Lewis School of Health Science, Rachel has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the field of healthcare and a passion for helping others.

 Rachel’s journey began at SUNY Geneseo, where she gained valuable experiences in various healthcare settings. It was during this time that she discovered her true calling in Occupational Therapy. Drawn to its holistic approach, Rachel looks forward to forging intimate connections with her patients, considering all aspects of their lives, including race, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, and more. 

After completing her studies, Rachel hopes to remain in North Country, NY, where she will aim to specialize in neurorehabilitation and work primarily with adults who have developmental and intellectual disabilities. Additionally, she aspires to obtain certification as a hand therapist, further honing her skills to provide specialized care for hand injuries and conditions. This goal reflects her commitment to extending her expertise to underserved communities, offering them much-needed support and care. 

Throughout her journey, Rachel will apply the knowledge and skills she gained from the national AHEC Scholar program to practice inclusive medicine. Her dedication to understanding each patient’s unique identity and needs will undoubtedly make a positive impact on the lives of those she treats.



Pictured is Rachel Roth, an Occupational Therapy student at Clarkson University’s Lewis School of Health Science.

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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