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Nash UNC awards nursing scholarships

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Students from Nash and Edgecombe community colleges received nursing scholarships last week from Nash UNC Health Care.

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Monday, October 22, 2018

Nash UNC Health Care offered scholarships to 18 students who are pursuing nursing degrees during its second annual Nurse Scholars Signing Day event.

The scholarship recipients, all of whom are attending either Nash Community College or Edgecombe Community College, took part in a Signing Day ceremony as they committed to taking part in the Nash UNC Nurse Scholars Program. The two-year scholarship program funds the cost of each student’s education, tuition and books. It also includes a monthly stipend for high-achieving students pursuing an associate degree in nursing.

“The Nash UNC Nurse Scholars Program identifies, encourages and offers financial assistance to promising students,” said Crystal Hayden, chief nursing officer at Nash UNC Health Care in a press release. “It also offers immediate hiring upon graduation. In return, nurse scholars will be committed to work full-time as a registered nurse at Nash UNC Health Care for up to three years.”

The program offers benefits to students and the hospital. Student get financial assistance as they pursue their degree and Nash UNC Health Care benefits from a steady pipeline of high-achieving nursing graduates.

Student nurses awarded scholarships during their first year of study include Leslie “Erin” Lewis, Jamie Hogan, Latesha Wilkins, Kaila Boulden, Jessica Powell, Brooke Pollard, Trevon Evans, Christopher Mercer, Victoria Dancy and Tyesha Allen. Student nurses already in their second year of study receiving the scholarship include Keondra Autry, Cheryl Hill, Haley Kitchen, Latisha Boddie, Keshauna Braswell, Shanietra Johnson, Cailyn Briley and Bethany Parrish, the release said.

In addition to meeting academic requirements at the community college, the nursing students will participate in mentoring activities and social events designed to help them cultivate relationships with the Nash UNC Health Care team.

Qualifications for the Nurse Scholars Program include enrollment in a nursing program at Nash Community College or Edgecombe Community College, a minimum 3.0 grade-point average, two letters of recommendation and a personal statement about their commitment to nursing.

“Another rewarding component of this program is the naming of each scholarship honoree. Nash UNC employees and volunteers — past, present or deceased — may be nominated by fellow employees to have a scholarship established in their name honoring their outstanding service for this hospital,” said Katie Davison, executive director of human resources for the hospital, in the release.

Hospital employees who were recognized as scholarship honorees this year include Dr. Michael Sunderman, Melissa Johnson, Rachel Sutton, Shirley Sanders, Ryan Griffin, Deborah Brewer, Vivian Hooks, Sandra Brown, Karen Joyner, Ivelisse Ruiz, Mary Strickland, Cheryle Traish, Cindy Worthy, Walter Scott, Kimberly Riddick, Dr. Vincent Andracchio, Joann Lewis and Sommer Griffin.

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