$16,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Future Medical Professionals by DMC Charitable Foundation


Derry, NH:  The Derry Medical Center (DMC) Charitable Foundation was created in 2006 to support the communities served by each primary care office location. As DMC’s footprint has grown, the DMC Charitable Foundation has extended its support into new communities. In addition to providing funds to local non-profit organizations, libraries, youth programs and sports teams, DMC awards annual scholarship funds to local high school seniors who intend to pursue higher education in a medically related field.

The Foundation recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to sixteen students who graduated in 2023 from Bedford High School, Goffstown High School, Londonderry High School, Pinkerton Academy (Derry), Salem High School, Raymond High School, and Windham High School. One of those students, Chloe Jesmer from Pinkerton Academy, received the $1,000 Julie Vander Mark Memorial Scholarship which is awarded each year in memory of a beloved DMC Physician Assistant who passed away in 2016.

Since its inception in 2006, the DMC Charitable Foundation has awarded $163,000 in scholarship funds to 131 high school students. The scholarship program is managed by John Overton, DMC Charitable Foundation Program Coordinator, and involves collaboration with high school guidance counselors in each community who distribute scholarship applications and essay criteria to seniors who will be attending an accredited university or college and are enrolled in a medical/healing arts program.

DMC Board President, Christine Hand, MD, said, “Supporting the communities we serve is an integral part of our role as medical professionals. Through the DMC Charitable Foundation, we seek to help build and maintain stronger, healthier communities. Many of this year’s scholarship recipients will go on to become the next generation of healers and we are pleased to support their endeavors. When it is their turn to practice medicine, it is our hope that they will, in turn, support the communities where they live and work.”


Congratulations to DMC’s 2023 scholarship winners:

  • Bedford High School: Ela Goucher, Anna Stavropoulos
  • Goffstown High School: Ann Kelly
  • Londonderry High School: Makenzie Bodkin, Gabriella Crockwell, Hannah Nelson, Mia Stowell
  • Pinkerton Academy: Nieve Boulter, Aili Carney, Chloe Jesmer, Lillian Koestner, Sophia Phaneuf
  • Raymond High School: Caitlynn Fournier
  • Salem High School: Rachel Carr, Chloe Stone
  • Windham High School: Emily Manning

 In 2023, the DMC Charitable Foundation also made $1,000 donations to Derry Public Library; Leach Library (Londonderry); Nesmith Library (Windham) and Bedford Public Library. The Foundation has donated $33,000 to local libraries since 2016.

About DMC Primary Care

DMC Primary Care has been providing comprehensive care to patients of all ages since 1964. DMC is a physician-owned, independent primary care practice.  New patients are always welcome at offices in Bedford, Concord, Derry, Goffstown, Londonderry, Raymond, and Windham, NH. In addition to regular preventive care, DMC offers same-day urgent/sick appointments, on-site labs and imaging, Saturday and evening visits, chronic disease management, and walk-in care (only in Londonderry and only for current patients). Learn more at DMCPrimaryCare.com.


At a recent ceremony, the DMC Charitable Foundation awarded $16,000 in scholarships to local high school seniors pursuing an education in medicine/healing arts. Pictured: Anna Stavropoulos (BHS), Emily Manning (WHS), Lillian Koestner (PA), Aili Carney (PA), Makenzie Bodkin (LHS), DMC Board President, Christine Hand, MD, Chloe Stone (SHS), Chloe Jesmer (PA), Sophia Phaneuf (PA), Ela Goucher (BHS)