Palm Healthcare Foundation, Inc. Awards $230,000 in Scholarships to PB County Students

Dec 15, 2005, 00:00 ET from Palm Healthcare Foundation (PHF)

    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
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     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
     $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 or call 561-833-6333.

SOURCE Palm Healthcare Foundation (PHF)