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>> Scholarships News RWJ New Careers in Nursing Scholarships awarded The College of Nursing has selected five first semester accelerated BSN students to receive the Robert Wood Johnson New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) scholarships for spring 2012. They are Osman Obdi, Roxanne Johnson, Zora Johnson, Michelle Mejia, and Shechianh Stewart. Students selected for the scholarship must have an earned bachelor’s degree in another area and be a member of an underrepresented population in nursing. With the addition of these five students this semester, the college currently has 16 enrolled in the program. Since 2008, the College of Nursing has awarded a total of 40 NCIN scholarships to second-degree accelerated BSN students from underrepresented groups in nursing. Dr. Sally Stroud, associate dean for academics reports, “The NCIN students have been very successful. Twenty-three have completed the BSN program and 21 are currently employed as nurses.”

and volunteered in health care prior to her enrollment in the College of Nursing. This $30,000 scholarship, distributed evenly over four semesters, is awarded to a student entering the program each fall and spring semester. Students have a two-year work commitment to the Medical Center following graduation.

Ramos Selected for Ruth Jaqui Skudlarek Scholarship Fourth semester accelerated BSN student, Veronica Ramos, is the recipient of the Ruth Jaqui Skudlarek Scholarship Award and will be recognized during May’s convocation. Four outstanding students were nominated for this award which recognizes academic and clinical excellence in the “Population–Focused Nursing” course. Dr. Deborah Williamson, who nominated Ms. Ramos wrote, ”She inspires others to raise their level of performance by her dedication to produce quality work. Her group excelled and went on to present their community project at a national health disparities conference. She is compassionate, and professional. She is committed, and sensitive to the cultural values of the families.”

Stufflebean receiveS CLN Annual Student Scholarship Fourth semester accelerated BSN student, Andrew

(Left to Right): Osman Obdi, Roxanne Johnson, Shechianh Stewart, Zora Johnson and Michelle Mejia

Benedict selected for MUSC Medical Center Scholarship First semester accelerated BSN student, Laurie Benedict, a graduate of the College of Charleston, has been selected to receive the MUSC Medical Center Scholarship. Born in Ft. Knox, Kentucky, as a military dependent, Ms. Benedict was exposed to a wide variety of cultures through her travels. She shares, “the beauty of human diversity sparked my life-long fascination with human behavior and beliefs.” Driven by a desire to be of service to others, Ms. Benedict has worked in the hospitality industry



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Stufflebean, was awarded the South Carolina League for Nursing Annual Scholarship. Andrew is a second degree student, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in biology from the College of Charleston. He was recently inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society. Mr. Stufflebean served as president of the Student Nurses Association, and was the student speaker at the January 2012 Stethoscope Ceremony. He has volunteered with the Charleston Miracle League and led a supply drive for My Sister’s House, a safe-haven for abused women. A member of the College’s Hispanic Health Initiative Scholars Program, Mr. Stufflebean planned a health screening for residents in low-income housing, mainly assisting with translating and health screenings. He is proficient in Spanish, and prior to enrollment in the College, he participated in several medical mission trips to Honduras. He also completed the Culturally Competent Nursing Care Certificate.

Lifelines Spring/Summer 2012  
Lifelines Spring/Summer 2012  

MUSC College of Nursing magazine - Spring/Summer 2012