January 28, 2014
Foundation BSN Minority Scholarships bring new nurses to MRMC
COLUMBIA, TN – The Maury Regional Health Care Foundation Minority Nursing Scholarship is designed to assist minority students, not already employed at Maury Regional Medical Center (MRMC), with expenses involved in securing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. In exchange, the scholarship recipient commits to work at MRMC full-time after graduation for a minimum of six months.
Marion Gail Williams began working at MRMC on May 20, 2013, just days after graduating from Martin Methodist College. The program’s newest recipient is Alyssia Reynolds who is now studying for her degree at Martin Methodist College
“The cost of nursing school can be very expensive. The foundation nursing scholarship helped me accomplish my goal of becoming a registered nurse,” said Williams. “This scholarship helped financially by making cost and loans not a huge concern, especially when it’s so necessary to stay focused on studying. It gave me the opportunity to get everything I needed for class and clinicals. Not only did it help financially, it helped with my choosing a career at Maury Regional. I didn’t know much about the hospital at first, but getting to know some of the employees let me know that caring people work here and it would be a great place to start out my career as an RN.
To be eligible for the minority nursing scholarship, candidates must be accepted and enrolled full-time into an accredited BSN program and maintain a “C” average. Students must also be a resident of one of the eight counties served by MRMC (Maury, Marshall, Wayne, Lawrence, Lewis, Perry, Giles and Hickman). The application process includes submission of a scholarship application with a copy of the school bill and upcoming class schedule, two letters of recommendation from a teacher or employer, copies of transcripts and a copy of the Free Application for Student Aid Report (if the student has applied for federal aid). Students must also submit an essay describing what factors influenced the decision to pursue a career as a registered nurse, strengths and abilities, and how the scholarship will assist in meeting career goals.
Applications are reviewed each semester by Pam Whitaker, MRMC human resources nurse recruiter, and a recommendation is made to the Foundation board of directors upon successful qualification. Scholarships are awarded on a semester by semester basis. There is also a scholarship renewal process for recipients.
Other projects supported by the Foundation include funding medication, medical equipment and transportation expenses for patients in need, operating a hospitality home for cancer patients and families of neonatal and critical care patients, providing wigs and headpieces for cancer patients, funding initiatives to assist patients in maintaining their health and other health-related projects.
To learn more about the Maury Regional Health Care Foundation or to make a donation, visit www.mauryregionalfoundation.com or call 931.380.4075.