Loudoun County, VA (October 6, 2015) – Seventy-seven students joined the ranks of the Claude Moore Scholars on Friday, September 25th, during a coating ceremony at the Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) Administrative Offices in Ashburn.
Overseen by Monroe Technology Center (MTC), the Claude Moore Scholars program is a partnership between LCPS, Inova Loudoun Hospital and the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation. The focus of the program is to develop and expand programs for secondary students that lead to careers in the fields of health and medical science. The four career pathways explored by the program include practical nursing, medical laboratory technology, pharmacy technology and radiology technology.
LCPS Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Cynthia Ambrose told the new Claude Moore scholars such career paths are very close to her heart. She remembered the coating ceremony for her daughter, Allie, who is now a second-year medical student at Virginia Tech.
“I had such feelings of pride when I went there…She knew since the age of 12 she wanted to be in the medical profession.”
While Allie Ambrose knew she wanted to go into medicine, Cynthia Ambrose said her daughter didn’t have a program like the Claude Moore Scholars to help her with that dream. “You’re very fortunate to be here and you’ll be very well prepared to go on your way.”
MTC Principal Wagner Grier told the scholars what the career ahead of them will require. “Taking care of people takes a great deal of time and a great deal of patience. Many of us are looking forward to you taking care of us in our somewhat older age.”
Dr. John H. Cook III, the featured speaker for the coating ceremony, said the Claude Moore Scholars program reminded him of the European concept of a gymnasium. “A gymnasium is not a big room like this where you play basketball. It is that; but in Europe a gymnasium is a specialty school that transcends high school.”
That transcendence comes in the form of giving students a vocation. “What is unique about the Claude Moore (Scholars) is that we’re probably the first in the country to do the gymnasium concept for health occupations.”
Founded in 1987, the Claude Moore Charitable Foundation’s mission is to enhance educational opportunities, including higher education, for young people in the Commonwealth of Virginia and elsewhere.
Dr. Claude Moore was a pioneer radiologist and the first chairman of the George Washington University’s Radiology Department. Born in Danville on October 21, 1892, Moore was a World War I veteran who came to Loudoun County in 1941. He bought a 357 acre tract in Sterling that now serves as Claude Moore Park. After retiring from the practice of medicine in the late 1950’s, Moore devoted himself to investments and farming. He died at the age of 98 on July 11, 1991, in Charlottesville.
Moorefield Station Elementary, which opened in September 2013, is named in his honor. School Board member Tom Reed (At-Large) attended the coating ceremony.