Congratulations to Northwest Region Nurses Association’s 2021 scholarship recipients!
Two $1,000 scholarships have been awarded to NWRNA members seeking advanced degrees, and three $1,000 scholarships have been awarded to students seeking initial licensure as an RN.
In addition, NWRNA is awarding $100 to all nursing students who applied for a scholarship, as a way to honor their goal to pursue a career in nursing.
You can help us provide more funding to more students by giving to the NWRNA Scholarship Fund.
Our thanks to NWRNA Scholarship Team volunteers Kris Barnes, Danyela Buizer, Joni Hensley, and Jennifer Shelton for coordinating our scholarship program.
Advanced Nursing Degree
Andy McMurray is a NWRNA member and a student in the MSN-FNP program at Gonzaga University.
Andy has worked for the past seven years as a critical care nurse. Growing up in a rural community in Iowa has fueled his desire to become a FNP, with a goal of working as a practitioner in traditionally underserved rural communities.
“The experiences I have had as a bedside nurse have laid the foundation for my future practice and the personal motivation to help those in need, specifically in rural critical access areas. Healthcare professionals in these communities are valued not only for their knowledge, but because they may be the only access to healthcare a community has.”
Miriam Witt is a NWRNA member and a student in the MSN program at Western Governors University.
Miriam works as an RN at Skagit Valley Hospital. She also volunteers internationally as a disaster response nurse, and teaches part-time as a Clinical Nurse Educator at Skagit Valley College.
After graduating from high school, Miriam traveled to Kenya to volunteer at an orphanage in an area ravaged by AIDS. “I experienced the toll this debilitating disease brought to the people of this community. Every day I walked with sick children in my arms for several miles to the nearest hospital. At this point in my life, I realized I wanted to make nursing a life-long career.”
Initial RN Licensure
Veronica DeGolier is a nursing student at Bellingham Technical College.
Veronica has worked as a doula since 2017, witnessing and supporting 31 women through pregnancy, birth, and the early postpartum period. This experience has led her to pursue a career in nursing with the ambition of working as a labor and delivery nurse.
Veronica says her passion for the profession energizes her to “spend my off days reading the most current research on lowering cesarean rates, how to catch preeclampsia sooner, avoiding unnecessary medical intervention, understanding the vast difference in black maternal mortality rates vs. white women, and more.”
Rachel Hollinsworth is a nursing student at Bellingham Technical College, seeking an DTA-MRP Associate Degree.
Rachel was working as a food service assistant at St. Joseph’s Medical Center. Through tuition assistance available through her union, she became certified as a nursing assistant. When COVID hit, she volunteered to assist at the Shuksan Healthcare Center. She also volunteered with the Whatcom County Syringe Services Program.
Rachel says these experiences have given her a “better understanding of their circumstances and challenges. One of the main things these experiences have provided me is the ability to gauge people by their verbal and nonverbal communication and control the way I interact and respond to them.”
Cheyenne Scheffler is a nursing student in the ADN-RN program at Everett Community College.
Cheyenne currents works as a CNA at Providence in Everett. She also volunteers with Catholic Community Services of Western Washington.
Cheyenne says her inspiration to pursue a nursing career started from her own experience as a patient as a teenager. “It was truly through the care of the nursing staff that I began the challenging road to recovery. They were so caring, compassionate, understanding and willing to help that it instantly became my goal to repay their kindness.”