The Stecker Scholarship Program was established in 1995 to support eligible attending physicians and nurses to observe clinical practice for three months at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The application deadline is April 15 each year. The Stecker Scholarship Program only accepts two scholars from the same country in a three-year period. When the maximum number of scholars has been reached for a specific country, subsequent applicants from that same country will be asked to reapply at some later date. All scholars must be fully licensed physicians or nurses caring for children. Physicians must have an academic appointment at a university or teaching facility. Nurses must demonstrate their clinical teaching responsibility. After they complete the training, Stecker Scholars are required to return to their home institution to help improve health care programs.
Fredrick and Virginia Smith Stecker traveled around the world in their lifetime. They were particularly pained to see the plight of children who lacked adequate health care. Mr. and Mrs. Stecker provided the funds to support this educational program. Each scholar receives a stipend for 3 months to cover living and housing expenses, educational fees, and health insurance fees. Since its establishment, the Stecker Scholarship Program supported more than 600 scholars from 70+ countries to observe clinical practice at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital.