LAKE PLACID - The Adirondack Community Trust (ACT) is accepting applications for the Dr. U. R. Plante Medical Scholarship Fund.
The Dr. U. R. Plante Scholarship gives out an annual $10,000 scholarship for a student attending medical school who has lived in either the Adirondack Park or Essex, Clinton, Hamilton, Franklin, or St. Lawrence Counties for at least two years.
Candidates must have the following qualifications in order to be eligible for this scholarship. Students must be a resident of either, the Adirondack Park, St. Lawrence, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton or Clinton County of New York State or have lived in one of these counties for at least two years. The student must also be accepted by an accredited Medical School in either the United States or Canada and studying for an MD.
The candidate must also be willing to return to either the Adirondack Park, St. Lawrence, Essex, Franklin, Hamilton or Clinton County, NY to practice for at least two years; or be willing to practice for two years in a remote part of the U.S. or another country where doctors are needed. The application deadline is April 13.
This fund was established in honor of Dr. U. R. Plante, who was born in 1891 at Mooers Forks, later moving to Tupper Lake, where he graduated from Holy Ghost Academy. In 1915, he graduated from the University of Vermont, College of Medicine. After a year's internship, he established a practice in Massena, N.Y. From 1917 to 1919, he served as an officer in the Medical Corps in France and Germany during World War I.
In 1919, Dr. Plante married Priscilla Martin of Tupper Lake and returned to Massena. He chose to practice in the "Pine Grove" area where many new immigrants from Europe had settled close to their work in the new Aluminum Company of America. They originated from more than 20 countries, among them Armenia, Italy, Hungary, and Poland. When the patient did not speak English or French, Dr. Plante usually found an interpreter, but sometimes sign language had to do.
There was no hospital in Massena until after World War II. For 20 years, Dr. Plante held office hours (no appointments necessary) six days a week and then went out on house-calls morning, afternoon and evening. After 1939, when he moved his office to his home, he eliminated the Saturday afternoon and evening hours, but still made house calls.
His patients tell many stories about those old days and his kindness. Many times Dr. Plante went out into a snowstorm in the middle of the night to deliver babies in the patients' homes. At first he rented a horse and sleigh; later he had a Chevrolet coupe.
It is estimated that Dr. Plante delivered approximately 9,000 babies during his more than 56 years of practice. He also served his community as village trustee, school physician, member of the Board of Health and other boards. He retired in 1972 due to illness, and died four years later.
The Adirondack Community Trust is managing this scholarship fund. Many people recognize that the key to their success in life is their education, and they want to make it possible for others to benefit similarly. ACT can work with donors, like the Plante family, to makes it possible for generous, caring people to fulfill their dream of establishing scholarship funds - and for people who want an education to get one.
For applications or more information on the Dr. U. R. Plante Medical Scholarship Fund contact Scholarship Coordinator, Andrea Grout at the Adirondack Community Trust 523-9904 or download an application at www.GenerousAct.org