Chloe Schmidt of Fallston, Maryland Wins 2020 ACAP Scholarship


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WASHINGTON— The Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP) has named Chloe Schmidt, a graduating high school senior, as the winner of its tenth annual National Scholarship Essay Contest.

ACAP established the scholarship in 2011 to provide crucial, timely financial assistance to an enrollee or an enrollee’s family member of an ACAP health plan seeking higher education to pursue a career in health care or social services. Submissions come from throughout the ACAP nationwide network of safety net health plans which collectively serve more than 21 million enrollees. The recipient is selected by an independent panel of outside judges. The award is  $5,000 to defray tuition expenses at the awardee’s institution of higher education. The ACAP Scholarship is sponsored by ACAP Preferred Vendor Altruista Health.

Chloe Schmidt has been a member of Priority Partners MCO of Maryland since she was three years old, when she lost her leg as the result of a traumatic accident. Chloe’s winning essay details her gratitude for the plan and its support of her and her family through various surgeries, covering her surgeries, prosthetic needs, physical therapy, and mental health counseling. Chloe is an engaged and accomplished high school student, participating in student government and choir, earning a spot on the honor roll, volunteering as an EMS cadet, and completing training to be a lifeguard. She credits her “active and abundant” life to the services and support she received from her providers and from Priority Partners.

Chloe writes that her experiences within the medical field have inspired her to pursue a career that allows her to provide to others the support and quality care she has received. She intends to pursue a major in Nursing or Physical Assistant Studies when she enters college in the fall.

“Chloe’s story exemplifies the passion the ACAP scholarship celebrates,” said Kathy Pettway, Senior Director of Priority Partners. “Her perseverance and her commitment to give back to her community are an inspiration. We’re proud to honor her successes thus far and look forward to her many future accomplishments.”

“We are thrilled to honor Chloe today,” said ACAP CEO Margaret A. Murray. “Her determination to overcome adversity shines through her words and we’re confident it will allow her to be a devoted provider in the future. The care Chloe received through Priority Partners is precisely the kind that ACAP and Safety Net Health Plans champion.”

About ACAP:

ACAP represents 78 health plans, which collectively provide health coverage to more than 20 million people. Safety Net Health Plans serve their members through Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Marketplace and other publicly-sponsored health programs. For more information, visit

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