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Hospital congratulates nursing scholarship recipients

By Valerie Baldowski

vbaldowski@henryherald.com

The latest group of recipients of a nursing scholarship offered through the Henry Medical Center (HMC) Foundation now have their college diplomas.

The class of 2009 include Elizabeth Johnson, Rouschelle McLean, Tammy Smith, and Kristen Harris. They received their degrees earlier this year from Clayton State University, Griffin Tech or Gordon College, according to the director of the foundation, Adam Stanfield.

The HMC Foundation hosted a luncheon, recently, to honor the new graduates.

The scholarship program was established several years ago, said Stanfield. Plans are in the works to offer it to more students to help them achieve their educational goals.

"Overall, we've supported 110 nurse scholarship recipients," he said. "We're looking to expand our scholarship program."

Each student received a $1,200 stipend during the school year, to use on books, tuition or any college-related expenses, said Stanfield.

In addition to demonstrating financial need, scholarship recipients must also have a 3.0 Grade Point Average, he said.

The Henry Medical Center Foundation Nurse Scholarship Program offers financial assistance to potential and current Henry Medical Center employees, said Michelle Nunnally, public relations specialist for the hospital.

Approved degrees for the program include nursing (RN, BSN, Masters), radiology technologist, respiratory therapist, medical laboratory technologist and occupational/physical therapist, said Nunnally.

"Next year, we'll have somewhere between four and six graduates, and the year after that, we'll have eight to 12," Stanfield said. "We look for this program to support our nurses in an effort of lifelong learning."