Announces Winners of 2011 "Back to School" Nursing Scholarships awards $7,500 in scholarships to promote nursing education

Aug 16, 2011, 10:03 ET from

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Three nursing students have been selected as winners of the "Back to School" nursing scholarships sponsored by, a comprehensive education and career resource for current and aspiring nurses.

The scholarships, in the amount of $2,500 each, were created to support nursing education at various levels.  Winners were chosen from a pool of over 500 applicants on the strength of their academic and extracurricular records.

Donna Holder, of Pickens, South Carolina, who will be attending Chamberlain College of Nursing, was selected for the RN to BSN scholarship. "Chamberlain College of Nursing is thrilled that chose to honor nursing student Donna Holder with the 'Back to School' scholarship," said Margaret Lou Wheeler, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, dean of the RN to BSN online degree completion option at Chamberlain College of Nursing. "Chamberlain offers the RN to BSN online degree completion option to aspiring nurses looking to advance their education, and we are proud such a promising student is enrolled in our option."

Benjamin Hilliard, of Littleton, Colorado, was the recipient of the Accelerated BSN scholarship, and is enrolled in the nursing program at the University of Colorado. "Ben started our baccalaureate nursing degree program as an accelerated student this summer.  He is a very bright, enthusiastic and engaged student in the classroom," said Tammy Spencer, RN, MS, Senior Instructor at the College of Nursing, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado.

Tresa Zielinski, of Chicago, Illinois, was awarded a scholarship to pursue her DNP degree at Rush University. "Tresa exemplifies exceptional professionalism through her advocacy at the national level for the advanced practice role... She is a credit to the profession and a role model for those nurses who wish to further their careers and take an active role in shaping the future of nursing practice," said Beth Bolick, DNP, NP, Interim Chair of Women's, Children's and Family Nursing.

The scholarship program was managed by Scholarship America, the country's largest administrator of private scholarships. will begin accepting applications for the next round of the "Back to School" nursing scholarships in March 2012.

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