NJHA Awards 3 N.J. Residents Health Career Scholarships

Oct 18, 2010, 10:13 ET from New Jersey Hospital Association

PRINCETON, N.J., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kay Hori of Jersey City, Amanda Mickley of Freehold and Elizabeth Zweighaft of Ramsey recently were awarded $2,000 scholarships from the Health Research and Educational Trust of New Jersey (HRET), the educational affiliate of the New Jersey Hospital Association.

The scholarships were awarded at HRET's annual golf outing and scholarship presentation. The Health Career Scholarship fund provides assistance to applicants who are enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate health career program, maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better and demonstrate financial need. To date, HRET has awarded more than $160,000 in scholarships.

Kay Hori is this year's undergraduate scholarship winner. She is a former teacher transitioning to a second career in nursing at New York University. She is fluent in English and Japanese and plans to continue her education in nursing beyond earning her bachelor's degree.

The next recipient, Amanda Mickley, is the graduate scholarship winner. She graduated from Pace University with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and forensic science. This fall, Amanda is attending the University of Heidelberg in Germany where she will pursue a master's degree in transitional medical research.

As this year's nursing scholarship winner, Elizabeth Zweighaft is pursuing a doctorate degree in nursing from Fielding Graduate University so she can become a nursing faculty member. A single parent of two boys, Elizabeth has been a nurse for more than 20 years.

"We are honored to provide support and encouragement to these outstanding students," said NJHA President and CEO Betsy Ryan. "Each plans to work in our state and will continue to care for our patients and train future healthcare workers. All three are great examples of healthcare's future."

SOURCE New Jersey Hospital Association