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Nursing Scholarship Awarded

Photo: Linda Gregory, CNCC Manager, and Tiffany Baker
Linda Gregory, CNCC Manager (right) presents Tiffany Baker (left) with the first scholarship check from NurseWeek magazine and chooseNursing.com.

The first $2,000 scholarship jointly awarded by NurseWeek magazine and chooseNursing.com was awarded to Ms. Tiffany Baker, who will be starting her second year in nursing school at Santa Monica College. The scholarship was created to support the Coalition For Nursing Careers in California's (CNCC's) commitment to achieve an adequate and diverse nursing workforce for the state of California.

The CNCC was established in 1999 to address the nursing shortage in California, where the nurse-to-patient ratio is among the lowest in the country. The coalition, comprised of representatives from health care organizations and educators, is committed to attracting a pool of candidates for schools of nursing that reflect the diversity and demographics of California. According to Linda Gregory, Manager of the CNCC, "One of the many contributing factors to attrition is the inability to finance a nursing education. These scholarships help to defray costs and represent a move in the right direction."

Ms. Baker plans to use her scholarship to realize her ambition of becoming a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. "My dream is to contribute to the betterment of childrens' lives through various outreach efforts. I am determined to not only achieve my goals and succeed, but to also make my parents proud by becoming the first and only college graduate in my family."

This scholarship is the first of five that will be awarded to deserving students in California. To learn more about the criteria for our scholarships, please visit us at chooseNursing.com.

Release Date: August 20, 2002

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