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Dr. Diters Legacy Scholarship

The Dr. Diters Legacy Scholarship is administered through Canton Community Health Fund, Inc.

Scholarship Application Season runs from March 1, 2024 – April 16, 2024.


In 1989, the community gathered to celebrate Dr. Edward Nelson Diters on the occasion of his retirement, after over 40 years of dedicated service as Canton’s family doctor. In his honor, the community generously donated the initial funding to create the Dr. Diters Legacy Scholarship.

Today, Canton Community Health Fund, Inc. continues to honor the work of Dr. Diters by providing Scholarships to graduating Canton High School students pursuing a future in health-related or public  service/safety fields, through further education, training or certification.

Please click the link below to apply:

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Dr. Diters Legacy Scholarship Application


* Indicates required question

1) I am a current Canton High School Senior*

2) Name*

3) Address*
12 Spoonwood Dr Canton, CT 06019

4) Phone #*

5) Email*

FAMILY INFORMATION (if you qualify as a dependent)

6) Name(s) of Parent/Guardian*

7) Parent/Guardian Contact Information*, (959)229-7475

8) Vocation/Career Plans*
Physical therapist or athletic trainner

9) Certification/Major/Concentration/Field of Study
Health Sciences with concentration in pre-PT

10) Name(s) of College/Vocational School/Certification Program Accepted
Assumption University

11) Name of School/Program Attending*
Assumption University


12) Personal Savings*

13) Part/Full-Time Employer/Position
Northwest CT YMCA, swim instructor/lifeguard (part-time)

14) Annual Income from Employment
~$2470 (based off earrings from 2023)

15) Scholarships (already awarded)

16) Other Contributions (including from parents/family)

17) Total Curent Funding Available $*

18) FAFSA Filed?*

19) Estimated Expenses (tuition, room/board, fees, books, etc.)


20) Current GPA*

21) Healthcare, Public Safety/Service-Related Coursework
Biology Honors and AP Biology

22) Noteworthy Academic Accomplishments
Honors roll, CT Swimming Scholar Athlete

23) Noteworthy Academic Challenges
Freshman year impacting COVID-19


24) Please list community organizations you have participated in during the past 24 months
Whalers Helping Whalers


25) Please list the name(s) of award(s)/honor(s) you earned and dates(s) received
Honors Roll (freshman and sophomore year), CT Swimming Top 16– this award is given to swimmers that rank top 16 in an event in the state (sophomore and junior year), CT Swimming Scholar Athlete– this award is given to swimmers that show excellence in both academic and athletic settings (junior year)


26) Why are you a strong candidate for the Dr. Diters Scholarship?
I believe I’m a strong candidate for the Dr. Diters Scholarship because when I’m passionate about something, my full attention goes towards that specific thing and my work ethic is the strongest you’ll see from someone. As a swimmer, I put time into practicing for hours on end, in and out of the pool, along with genuinely caring for the people around me, whether it’s my coaches or teammates.

As I’ve learned more about the sport, I am able to help others around me to allow them to grow to their full potential. It excites me seeing others getting better and telling me they feel a difference from my help. As for my future career, I know I would do the same. I’m excited to learn and pursue my future career in physical therapy and eventually give back to the community.

Although the work to get there will be difficult, it will be well worth the effort that I will put into it. Whether it’s opening a practice, or specializing in athletic training later on, I am willing to give 110% of my time to improving and helping mobility, as well as creating real connections, with the people I meet along the way.

27) Use this space to describe any personal or extenuating circumstances that you feel warrant consideration.

By submitting this application for a Dr. Diters Scholarship, you certify that all information provided herein is true and accurate.

Please enter your initials below to submit this application:
Submitted 3/31/24, 10:52 AM





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