Nursing Student Wins National Single Parent Scholarship

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It was announced this week that Joy Toth of Washington is the sole recipient of the 2012 Mary Blake Single Parent Nursing Scholarship, an annual scholarship sponsored by

It was announced this week that Joy Toth, a nursing student attending classes at University of Washington: Bothell to complete her Masters' of Science in Nursing (MSN), was selected as the sole recipient of the 2012 Mary Blake Single Parent Scholarship. This $500 scholarship is annually sponsored by ( and is an essay contest offered nationwide to qualified single parent nursing students.

As per the terms of this scholarship contest, Ms. Toth submitted an essay addressing "How Parenting and Nursing Have Changed Me." Her essay was selected as the best overall effort by a panel of judges, based on merits of style and content. She was chosen from among the hundreds of entries collected from qualified students in all leading US nursing schools.

"This year saw an increase of more than 30% in our qualified entries over last year," said Martin Lamers, representative for, "but our panel felt that Ms. Toth's essay was a well crafted encapsulation of the essence of this scholarship. The judges selected Ms. Toth's essay after careful deliberation, choosing hers above other very qualified entries from all over the US. As the reach of this scholarship grows, the entries are getting increasingly better and there are more of them for the winners to rise above. This means the faculty and staff of UW Bothell, as well as her friends, family members and peers, have a lot to celebrate in Ms. Toth's efforts - she did and continues to do wonderful work and we are pleased to be able to recognize her for it with this award."

"I am both honored and humbled to be this year’s recipient of the Mary Blake Single Parent Nursing Scholarship," said Ms. Toth. "I am thrilled to say that I am one year into the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at the University of Washington: Bothell, intent on becoming a Nurse Educator, both in the clinical and classroom arenas. My greatest desire is to empower, inspire, encourage and instill a passion for the nursing profession in future generations of upcoming nurses. It is my hope to teach beyond standard nursing content and to show students the joy learning and nursing can bring to their lives."

Toth continued: "As a single parent of a 15-year-old daughter, I strive to be the best possible role model to her. I am proud to say that she continues to earn A grades in all of her honor classes and is also involved in athletics, community service and leadership. Her goal is to go to medical school and become a surgeon. The money earned for this scholarship will be an enormous help to me, especially at this time. One day, I plan to start my own scholarship fund for single parents so that I too can give back to the community and help others reach their dreams. "

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