Family establishes Marcia Renee Rose Scholarship

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The College Heights Foundation at Western Kentucky University announced the establishment of the Marcia Renee Rose Scholarship Fund on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

This endowed scholarship fund was established in memory of Marcia Rose Shartzer by her brother, Barry Rose, and her parents, Kent and Elizabeth Rose.

The scholarship is awarded to a deserving Western Kentucky University (WKU) student who is majoring in Health Information Management and first preference is given to Grayson County residents.

Shartzer was born on Aug. 26, 1957, to Kent and Elizabeth Renfrow Rose. A Grayson County native, she spent most of her life in the community and was the first person in her extended family to attend college, earning an associate degree in medical records technology from WKU in 1978. After her career as a student at WKU, she began her medical career at Grayson County Hospital and later moved into Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center (TLRMC) when it was created in Leitchfield. She remained at the hospital for 36 years, serving as Director of Health Information and later as Director of Coding.

Shartzer was active in her community, serving as a member of the Western Kentucky University HIM (Health Information Management) Program Advisory Committee; RVHIMA (River Valley Health Information Management Association); and the Little Church. She was married to Howard Shartzer with whom she had a daughter, Brandy, who died at birth. Marcia Rose Shartzer also helped raise her four stepchildren on a small farm in Grayson County. After a long battle with cancer, she died on Nov. 21, 2014, at home under hospice care.

Thanks to the generosity of her parents and brother, Marcia Rose Shartzer will continue to touch lives and perpetuate her admirable legacy by enabling students to reach their educational goals through the establishment of this scholarship fund.

One of Marcia Rose Shartzer’s closest friends at work, Marian Sims, Reimbursement Analyst at TLRMC, said, “Marcia was a humble and unassuming person, very quiet but loads of fun. She would be so honored to know a scholarship at WKU was named in her memory and that it was helping someone in our community further their education.”

For information regarding the scholarship fund or to make a contribution in memory of Marcia Renee Rose Shartzer, visit


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