The moment you have all been waiting for is here! After receiving 3,356 applications from undergraduate and graduate nursing students, we are delighted to announce the winner of our second annual undergraduate scholarship and the winner of our first annual graduate nursing scholarship.
Drum roll please…
An award of $1,500.00 will be made to Jose Medina, a student in the ADN program at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California, and to Yoosly Lindor, a student in the MSN/NP Adult Gerontology program at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan.
Mr. Medina is currently in the second semester of his program but his path to nursing school began as a four-year old when he was diagnosed with leukemia and first admitted to Mattel Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles for treatment. His journey continued through six years of service as a CNA in the State Prison in Los Angeles County and continues today in his current work as a medical scribe in the Emergency Room at the Antelope Valley Hospital. Last summer he earned two Associate Degrees, one in Liberal Arts–Math, Science, Social and one in Behavioral Sciences. In his application essay, he explained how his own experiences with childhood leukemia has inspired him to,
“Not give up, to fight in life, and to be disciplined no matter how many times I failed. I want to give back to society and become an important leader in the community in making a difference in their health and supporting the ones who are going through illness and disparity.”
Ms. Lindor has served for 23 years as a nurse in a variety of roles, from staff nurse and case manager to patient care coordinator. A native of Haiti, she came to the United States in 1985. She earned her ADN in 1993 from Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts and her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern University in Wayne, Pennsylvania. She is currently enrolled in the online MSN/NP Adult-Gerontology, Primary Care program at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan while working as a tele-nurse case manager. She sees her future role as a Nurse Practitioner as one which will enable her,
”Not only to fill the gap as a provider here in Philadelphia, but also to care for my Haitian brothers and sisters better.”
Selecting the winners were difficult decisions, but Mr. Medina and Ms. Lindor demonstrated in their applications and essays the very special nature of those who have chosen to be nurses. Their stories are inspiring to all of us. With Mr. Medina and Ms. Lindor leading the way, the future of nursing looks bright as a new generation of dedicated students embark on the challenging yet rewarding path of becoming a nurse.