June 27, 2024 – Derry, NH:  The Derry Medical Center (DMC) Charitable Foundation, dedicated to fostering future healthcare professionals, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2024 high school scholarship awards. These scholarships recognize local high school students who have shown a commitment to academic excellence and an interest in pursuing an education and career in healthcare.

DMC Charitable Foundation recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to nineteen students who graduated from Bedford High School, Concord 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, Sophia DeSimone 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 2006, DMC Charitable Foundation has awarded $182,000 in scholarship funds to 150 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.

Overton said, “DMC’s high school scholarship program aims to alleviate some of the financial challenges associated with higher education and to specifically encourage students interested in a healthcare path.”

“Supporting local students is an investment in our community’s future,” said DMC Board President, Christine Hand, MD, “By providing these scholarships, we hope to inspire and empower young individuals who wish to pursue careers in healthcare. We believe that by nurturing local talent, we are not only helping these students achieve their professional goals, but we are also contributing to the overall health and well-being of the communities we serve.”

Congratulations to DMC’s 2024 scholarship winners:

  • Bedford High School: Fiona Lee, Emma Lewandowski
  • Concord High School: Delaney Duford, Rachel Gridley
  • Goffstown High School: Lillian Koeppel
  • Londonderry High School: Jasmyn Johnson, Lauren Fontaine, Jenna Russel, Olivia DeFazio
  • Pinkerton Academy: Ava Bennett, Amaya Eaton, Sophie Hodge, Olivia Zenga
  • Raymond High School: Rosemary Cercone
  • Salem High School: Marissa Berard, Emersen Poulin
  • Windham High School: Christopher Dukas, Skylar Willis
  • Julie Vander Mark Memorial Scholarship: Sophia DeSimone (Pinkerton Academy)

 About DMC Primary Care

Celebrating its 60th year, 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. Opening soon in Dover, 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 Bedford and Londonderry and only for current patients). Learn more at DMCPrimaryCare.com.


Front (L-R): Fiona Lee, Sophie Hodge, Olivia Zenga, Emma Lewandowski

Back (L-R): John Overton, DMC Charitable Foundation Program Coordinator, Ava Bennett, Lauren Fontaine, Jasmyn Johnson, Amaya Eaton, Christopher Dukas, Skylar Willis, Rosemary Cercone, Dr. Christine Hand, DMC Board President

(Not Pictured: Delaney Duford, Lillian Koeppel, Olivia DeFazio, Jenna Russel, Marissa Berard, Emersen Poulin, Sophia DeSimone)