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.

2021 Bruce C. Potter Memorial Scholarship Recipient

Abigail Stiles was awarded the 2021 Bruce C. Potter Memorial Scholarship at the Northern Area Health Education Center (NAHEC) Board of Directors meeting on July 22nd, 2021. She was surrounded by esteemed members of the Board, NAHEC staff members and her parents, Tammy and Joel Stiles. Abigail graduated Hugh C. Williams in Canton, NY achieving High Honor Roll for her entire High School career.  

Abigail’s interest in healthcare was sparked at a young age, she always knew she wanted to be a doctor. Her interest peaked into an achievable reality by attending two NAHEC MASH camps where she had the opportunity to volunteer virtually at Canton-Potsdam Hospital and Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center. Abigail also attended the Allied Health program at the Seaway Tech BOCES in Norwood which guided her interest in becoming a physician within the rural community.  Abigail has an influence of family members who work in the healthcare field as well.

Abigail will be attending Clarkson University in the fall, majoring in Biology in a pre-med tract. Her plan once graduating from Clarkson University is to attend Upstate Medical University College of Medicine. Upon completion of Medical School and Residency, Abigail intends to return to the North Country to practice medicine.

Pictured from left to right is Christina DeLorenzo NAHEC Center Director, Abigail Stiles (Recipient) and parents Tammy and Joel Stiles. 

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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