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The 2023 Frederic H. Kass III, MD Scholarship Recipients Announced


Karen M. Giffin, AVP of Mission Advancement

Four students pursuing careers in the healthcare field were recently named as the recipients of the 2023 Frederic H. Kass III, M.D. Endowed Scholarship Fund. Dr. Frederic Kass is one of the founders of Hospice of Washington County, Inc. (HWC). The organization has served the community for over 40 years. 

To honor Dr. Kass’s tireless efforts, HWC’s Board of Directors established the Frederic H. Kass III, M.D. Endowed Scholarship Fund. This fund helps students in Washington County. Individuals and organizations have given generously to support these scholarships. 

This year’s scholarship recipients were Jack Martin, a graduate of North Hagerstown High School and now a sophomore at Wake Forest University studying biology or kinesiology before achieving a medical degree; Grishma Patel, lives in Hagerstown and attends the University of Maryland College Park working towards a medical degree; and Camryn Row, a recent graduate of the Health Professions Academy at Boyd J. Michael Technical High School and now attending Shepherd University to become a Registered Nurse and Ethan Yamashita, a recent graduate of the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts and now attending Brigham Young University in order to pursue family medicine or pediatrics.

Four scholarships are awarded annually. To be eligible, individuals must be a Washington County, Maryland, resident who is a graduating high school senior and accepted to an accredited college majoring in a healthcare field; or a Washington County, Maryland, resident who is currently a student at an accredited college and majoring in a healthcare field with a minimum GPA of 3.0; or an HWC employee or an immediate family member of an HWC employee. 

Scholarship applications must be completed by April 1 of each year. 

Individuals who are interested in donating to the scholarship fund can call HWC’s Associate Vice President of Mission Advancement, Karen Giffin at 301-791-6360 or email

From left to right: Dr. Kass, Jack Martin, Grishma Patel, Camryn Row, and Ethan Yamashita.

About Hospice of Washington County
A leader in community-based, mission-driven end-of-life care in the Mid-Atlantic, Hospice of Washington County provides palliative care, hospice care, and comprehensive grief and bereavement care throughout Washington County, Md. Founded in 1980 by a core group of local citizens, Hospice of Washington has been able to meet community need for serious illness and grief and bereavement care thanks to the generous support of a caring community. Its stand-alone, 12-bed inpatient hospice care center, Doey’s House, opened in 2017 to offer a home-away-from-home for hospice patients requiring 24/7 pain and symptom management for brief periods. Hospice of Washington County’s comprehensive grief and bereavement programs for children, teens, and adults are open free of charge to anyone in the community who has suffered a loss. In 2020, Hospice of Washington County launched Franklin Hospice in Chambersburg, Penn., to serve patients throughout Franklin County, Penn. Under the direction of its Board of Directors comprised of distinguished local business, healthcare, and community leaders, Hospice of Washington County works each day to fulfill its mission of “embracing individual needs with love, kindness, and compassionate care while creating meaningful end-of-life experiences for our patients and families.”


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