Congratulations to our 2020 scholarship recipients!
Akashpreet Kaur Boparai
Akash is a student in the nursing program at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA.
“When I or my loved ones are in the hospital, we expect to be treated nicely and receive proper care – I offer the same respect, dedication, and thoroughness. I believe in karma, that if I do my job with passion and care I can make a positive impact on people’s life. I read somewhere, ‘people will forget your name, but they will not forget how you make them feel’ and I truly believe in this. I think my passion for my career will lead me to success. I hope my individual success inspires others and serves as a point of contact for underrepresented groups.”
Ngoc is a student in the nursing program at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA.
“Moving to study in the States was the turning point in my life where I grew from a girl who was negligent in my responsibilities into an adult who is capable of handling several situations and acknowledging that crying is not the only solution. I have seen doubtful eyes from my classmates when I took anatomy and physiology courses, and experienced discrimination from some coworkers when I worked as a nursing aid. However, majoring in one of the most challenging programs and being the only international student in the class has proven to me and my community that I can succeed.”
Breanne is a student in nursing program at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA.
“Becoming a nurse is a career change that I began to pursue two years ago after completing a Wilderness First Responder course. It was during a simulated scenario when I had to move a patient with a broken femur from under a fallen tree that something sparked in me. I had an ‘aha moment’ and knew I wanted to pursue a career in health care. Nursing will be a career that offers life-long learning opportunities as well as being part of the ever evolving medical field. While it has been challenging to begin a new path, I know that the direction I am heading will be full of excitement and provide life-long learning opportunities.”
Ryan is a student in the Masters of Science in Nursing – FNP program at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.
“Growing up, my family was the proud owners of Willis Honey House, a beekeeping business. It was through the process of caring for and tending to the bees that I learned about my interest in nursing and caring for others. As beekeepers, we would medicate them to prevent infestations of mites and other diseases. We accomplished this through medicated feed patties and without this prevention, they surely would have perished. I wanted to be able to continue helping others who were unable to care for themselves…After becoming a RN, I worked in a combination progressive and intensive care unit for three years to build my skills and gain a better understanding of medical options available to patients as they age. I am amazed at the measures we can enact to keep someone alive.”
In addition to these scholarship awards, the NWRNA Board wanted to acknowledge the difficult year our students are facing. To help, we have awarded $100 to all nursing students who applied for a 2020 scholarship.