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.

2019 Bruce C. Potter Memorial Scholarship Recipient, Jared Pignone, Occupational Therapy Student, Clarkson University (Center)

Jared Pignone, recipient of the 2019 Bruce C. Potter Memorial Scholarship, will graduate from Clarkson University in December 2020 with his Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. Throughout his college career, Jared has been active in sports as well as participating in Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, the Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA), and the Phi Theta Kappa honors program.

His interest in healthcare was sparked by family medical needs and showed him how important adequate and proper care is for the outlook of a person’s health and well-being. In addition to his campus activities, Jared has expanded his healthcare skills by working as an Emergency Room Assistant for Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown since 2015.

Upon graduation, Jared plans to pursue a specialization in hand therapy. To become a certified hand therapist requires three years of experience, followed by a comprehensive exam. Originating from Jefferson County, Jared plans to remain in the North Country to provide therapy services to area residents.

Pictured with Jared is Karin Blackburn, NAHEC Center Director, and Paul Dingman, NAHEC Board Chair

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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