WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Palm Healthcare Foundation (PHF) President, Suzette Wexner, recently announced $230,000 in scholarships for students entering the nursing and healthcare professions. One hundred scholarships were awarded to students in seventeen Palm Beach County communities. The following recipients received scholarships: Boca Raton, Laura Alexander, Cynthia Brown, Annecatherine Martelly, Shelly Morgan, Christina Shillington; Boynton Beach, Jennifer Brear, Daniellia Brown, Judith Drumm, Laura Fontanez, Emmanuel Francois, Guerlande Francois, Trinetta Ledsome, Barbara MacDonald, Charmaine Shettlesworth; Delray Beach, Paul Andersen, Theresa Campbell, Yole Dumostil, Pamela Wizner; Greenacres, Nerlande Jean-Louis, Lisa Stivers; Jupiter, Christina Baldwin, Cynthia Blum, Judy Brustad; Lake Park, Patricia Agah, Stephanie Laing, Jean-Bernard Buteau, Jason Allan Cardenas, Pearl Ewen, Norma Goodrich, Sandra Grant, Mae Grio, Lahoma Johnson, DeAngela Jones, Marcia Korow, Sarah Kransel, Navine Lynch-Murray, Elizabeth Martinez, Robert Massotti, William Mills, Nancy Moore, Hubine Odias, Ann Sipes, Lavern Stewart, Dora Tirado, Kai Wong; Lantana, Marie-Paule Belizaire, Caren Clarke, Maria Torres-Fasano; Loxahatchee, Mellissa Gray, Janell Harrison; North Palm Beach, Marta Ortiz; Palm Beach Gardens, Beata Dolan, Owepatrice Gaillard, Jennifer Hughes, Sarah Kahler, Karen Kissel, Jennifer Lee, Christopher Petrides, Marie Carolle Stephen, Jennifer Wingate; Riviera Beach, Sheree Emmans, Anquette Robinson, Rosa Taylor, Corline Anderson; Royal Palm Beach, Rosalind Duncan-Daley, Leelamma Lal, Carneisha Rolle, Denise Willoughby; South Bay, Nequesta Miller; Wellington, Louise Marks, Natalie Murphy, Mary Thottam; West Palm Beach, Shayla Barnes, Yvonne Barrett, Saadia Bendaoud, Steve Cadet, Julio Camacho, Julia Carmona, Rachel Catalan, Audrey Chavers, Fritz Delmont, Susan Dyess, Berwyn Hall, Hashika Haywood, Heather Henry, Angela Horne, Peter Kachur, Kristen Kohl, Tracey Leaks, Sandra Madden, Glennburn Morgan, Tatichia Mosley, Deborah Newton, Maegan Riche, Caroline Sabinano, Chiqueta Sims, Birdylin Stevens, Georgene Washington. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20051215/NETH025 ) Scholarship funds from the Helen K. Persson Nursing Education Endowment, the Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship Fund, the Andy Barowsky Scholarship, the Charles Norton Adams Nursing Endowment, the Peter & Elinka Ordway Nursing Scholarship Endowment, and the Abraham and Betty Sommer Nursing Scholarship Endowment are all administered by PHF. Over $700,000 has been awarded to 333 individuals since the program began in 2002. Each recipient agrees to work in Palm Beach County as a healthcare professional for each year of scholarship received. Each student also participates in PHFs Mentoring program which has helped students remain focused throughout their training up to graduation day. A mentor may also identify students facing financial crises who could benefit from the Foundation's emergency fund for scholarship recipients. "There are many reasons healthcare students might benefit from being assigned a mentor," says Stan Collemer, Director of Special Projects. "More non-traditional students are entering nursing programs. They're older, they may be single parents, they may be employed, as well as attend school, English may not be their first language, and there is a shortage of professional role models," he added. $230,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS To begin the process, a student must complete an application and write an essay detailing experiences which inspired them to enter the nursing profession. The application and essay are then reviewed by a sixteen member committee of Palm Beach County leaders. Scholarships are awarded based on students' essays, financial need, and academic success. Recipients must maintain a 2.5 or higher GPA to retain their scholarship. Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc. is an independent community healthcare foundation dedicated to the good health of Palm Beach County. The foundation concentrates its funding on programs that improve access to healthcare and advance nursing practice and education. For more information, please visit the website at http://www.palmhealthcarefoundation.org or call 561-833-6333.
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