Riverside’s Daja Morgan, CNA Earns Prestigious Long Term Care Scholarship To Advance Nursing Studies

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Morgan earned a $1,500 Regirer Nurse Scholarship from the Commonwealth Long Term Care Foundation.

Riverside Health System is pleased to announce that Daja Morgan, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) from its convalescent center in Smithfield, Va. was among the 36 long-term caregivers across the state to receive a scholarship from the Commonwealth Long Term Care Foundation.

Morgan earned a $1,500 Regirer Nurse Scholarship to apply toward the cost of her ongoing nursing education. Morgan is working toward becoming a Registered Nurse (RN) and is currently enrolled in the Medical Careers Institute’s RN program.

A total of $54,000 was awarded statewide.

The pool of candidates chosen for the awards were required to complete an extensive entry form and were personally interviewed by the Virginia Healthcare Association (VHCA) Nurse Scholarship Committee.

The scholarships are named for Walter and Maria Teresa, members of the VHCA who led efforts to improve access to long term care education for career professionals.

Since 1997, when the Commonwealth Long Term Care Foundation was established, it has awarded a total of $515,975 Regirer Nursing Scholarships to 379 recipients.

In addition to vowing to advance their nursing education, recipients agree to continue working in a VHCA member facility for at least one year after graduation.


Riverside Convalescent Center in Smithfield, Va. takes pride in providing expert medical care in a rural, homelike environment. The center has the capability to hold 95 patients and offers several levels of care including respite, intermediate, skilled and hospice care.

Riverside Health System remains the area’s largest provider of services for older adults where they combine healthcare strategies with compassion to create a family-like environment.

The Riverside Convalescent Center in Smithfield is located at 200 Lumar Road in Smithfield, Va. Contact the center at (757) 357-3282.

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