Senior-living community uses scholarships to tackle staffing shortage

Masonic Village at Sewickley has awarded $4,000 scholarships to 11 servers.
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Masonic Village at Sewickley in Sewickley, Pa., has started offering scholarships to dining workers to help with the ongoing staffing shortage, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The idea for the scholarships came from Masonic Village residents, who formed a dining services scholarship committee with the community’s executive director.

The committee was able to raise over $63,000 in the first six months of the campaign and awarded $4,000 scholarships to 11 servers.

Servers must have worked at least 312 hours in order to qualify for a scholarship. They also had to submit an application with a short essay and had to be accepted or enrolled at a college.

In the first three months after announcing the scholarship program, five new servers were hired.

The committee hopes to continue the program annually.

As senior-living communities continue to face staffing issues, some have also turned to robots to help make up for lack of staff.



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