The wait is over! After receiving 7,293 applications from undergraduate and graduate nursing students, we are delighted to announce the winner of our third annual undergraduate scholarship and the winner of our second annual graduate nursing scholarship.
And the winners are…
An award of $1,500.00 will be made to Jose Guevara, a student in the BSN program at Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and to Darcy Alimenti, a student in the MSN Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Palliative Care Minor program at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Jose is the first in his family to attend college and after volunteering as a HIV/AIDS rapid tester for NovaSalud in Virginia Jose found his passion for serving diverse, underserved populations. Jose plans to finish his BSN then plans to pursue a Nurse Practitioner’s degree, likely specializing in the Cardiac Progressive Care Unit or Pulmonary care. Jose is excited by the day-to-day opportunity for nurses to combine head and heart to meet intellectual, emotional, and physical challenges; and a will to empower, advocate for, and inspire hope in his patients. Jose’s ambition is to become a truly culturally competent healthcare practitioner who specializes in working with diverse Latino and immigrant communities.
“I have seen how individuals, families and communities who have not had access to quality healthcare have suffered. Patient advocating can be a powerful equalizing force for minorities, such as myself, who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. My goal is quality improvement by demonstrating the effectiveness of nurses in delivering culturally competent care with the intention of improving the health of underserved populations.”
Darcy is a MSN student at UPenn, currently enrolled in the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Palliative Care Minor program. Her essays were touching pieces about her desire to alleviate suffering and her experiences in providing care to her patients including her own mother. Her mother who taught her the art of caring and compassion was Darcy’s first patient and her inspiration.
“I will be an advocate for my patients. I will be armed with the skills necessary to overcome the suffering associated with illness. I will be at the forefront of goals of care conversations. My skills and knowledge will ensure that patients are provided compassionate care throughout the trajectory of their illness. With each bump along the journey, I will help them understand their prognosis and help them achieve a quality of life that matches their desires. I will be the reminder that when curing isn’t possible, caring will prevail.”
This year we had over double the amount of students apply for our scholarship then in 2016. All the submitted stories were touching, inspiring and beautiful. Mr. Guevara and Ms. Alimenti 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. Jose and Darcy embody the spirit of the nursing profession which curates an emphasis on caring, something every nurse values and exemplifies.
With so many exemplary applications submitted, we are excited to announce that this year we will also be awarding four runners-up with $100 gift cards and a free copy of one of our sponsoring titles. The two undergraduate scholarship runners-up are Natalie M, Kustner, an RN-BSN student at University of Wisconsin School of Nursing and Moyosoreoluwa Akintunde, an RN-BSN student at Emory University. Camille Richards, an MSN student at Virginia Commonwealth University and Sylvana Paternite, an MSN student from Indiana Wesleyan University are the two runners-up for the graduate scholarship.
Thank you to everyone who applied to our scholarship and please follow us on social media to stay updated about future scholarship opportunities!