(Calhoun, Ga)— Five local students are on their way to achieving their nursing or allied health degrees thanks to some help from the Gordon Hospital Foundation Board.
The board awarded scholarships to the five students recently, following a rigorous application process, said Judy Jackson, director of development services for Gordon Hospital.
“The selection process was very difficult because all of the students were very impressive,” Jackson said. “I know they’ll be successful in their career paths, and we hope this scholarship will help alleviate some of their school expenses.”
Students receiving the scholarships this year are:
· Sandra Cruz, a 2009 graduate of Gordon Central High School, who plans to attend Berry College in the fall to pursue a career in nursing. During high school, Cruz received several awards, including Honor Roll Award, Academic Top Five Award, Georgia Certificate of Merit, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Active Member Award, varsity letters in track and cross country, band awards, geometry and algebra II awards, perfect attendance award, Youth Leadership certificate, National Honor Society certificate, Outstanding Vocational Student award, Student of the Month for Principles of Accounting I and International Business.
She was treasurer of FBLA and a member of the National Honor Society, Gilda’s Club, Science Club, Spanish Club, track and cross country teams, St. Clements Catholic Church Youth Group, and Hispanic Ministry for St. Clements.
· Tevarious L. (Shun) Kidd, a 2009 graduate of Calhoun High School, who plans to attend Valdosta State University in the fall to pursue a career in physical therapy. During his time in high school, Kidd was named to the Merit List and was a member of the Calhoun High School football team, FBLA, and Key Club.
· Sara A Nicholas, a 2005 graduate of Calhoun High School and a senior at Georgia Highlands College, where she is pursuing a career in nursing. During her time at college, Nicholas has been named to the Dean’s List. She is also a member of the Phi Sigma Pi National Co-Ed Honor Fraternity, and is a Nike Scholarship recipient.
· Jamie M. Smith, a 1998 graduate of Gordon Central High School and a junior at Georgia Highlands College pursuing a career in nursing. She has been accepted to the State University of West Georgia, where she plans to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. During her time in college, Smith has been inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Who’s Who Among College Students. Smith is also employed by Gordon Hospital.
· Matthew B. Stanley, a 2009 highest honor graduate of Sonoraville High School, who plans to attend Dalton State College to pursue a career in radiology. During his time in high school, Stanley received a Georgia Certificate of Merit from the University of Georgia, a certificate of recognition from the National Financial Literacy Challenge from the United States Department of the Treasury, several P.R.I.D.E. awards, and attended the State Leadership Conference.
He also participated in football, track, basketball, 4-H, HOSA Club, Beta Club, FBLA, USA Weightlifting, and is a member of New Town Baptist Church.
The Gordon Hospital Foundation Board founded the scholarship program several years ago in hopes that it would help relieve the nursing shortage in the region. Each year, they award scholarships to several students that are currently