F.A. Davis Announces Winners of Undergraduate & Graduate Nursing Scholarships

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Students from Antelope Valley College & Spring Arbor University win F.A. Davis Nursing Scholarships.

Selecting the winners were difficult decisions, but Mr. Medina and Ms. Lindor in their applications and essays demonstrated the very special nature of those who have chosen to be nurses. Their stories are inspiring to all of us.

F.A. Davis is delighted to announce the winner of its second annual undergraduate scholarship and the winner of its first annual graduate nursing scholarship. An award of $1,500.00 will be made to Jose Medina, a student in the ADN program at Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, California, and to Yoosly Lindor, a student in the MSN/NP Adult Gerontology program at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan.

Currently in the second semester of his program, Mr. Medina’s path to nursing school began as a four-year old when he was diagnosed with leukemia and first admitted to Mattel Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles for treatment. His journey continued through six years of service as a CNA in the State Prison in Los Angeles County and continues today in his current work as a medical scribe in the Emergency Room at the Antelope Valley Hospital. Last summer he earned two Associate Degrees, one in Liberal Arts–Math, Science, Social and one in Behavioral Sciences.

In his application essay, Mr. Medina explained the impact he hopes to make after he earns his degree. “I want to be a patient advocate that can make a difference by providing compassionate, quality care, comforting patients [and] families, using health preventive measures…and last, but not least, building trusting relationships.” His own experiences with childhood leukemia inspired him to “not give up, to fight in life, and to be disciplined no matter how many times I failed. I want to give back to society and become an important leader in the community in making a difference in their health and supporting the ones who are going through illness and disparity.”

“My becoming a nurse is one of the best decisions that I have ever made in my life,” is the first sentence of Ms. Lindor’s essay. For 23 years she has served as a nurse in a variety of roles, from staff nurse and case manager to patient care coordinator. A native of Haiti, she came to the United States in 1985. She earned her ADN in 1993 from Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts and her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern University in Wayne, Pennsylvania. She is currently enrolled in the online MSN/NP Adult-Gerontology, Primary Care program at Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, Michigan while working as a tele-nurse case manager.

For seventeen years, Ms. Lindor has returned to Haiti as medical missionary. She describes being able to go to Haiti to serve two days after the earthquake in 2010 as “her great accomplishment.” “I have worked in different regions, but the one with the most profound impact on me was a place called Debauche…The needs of the people there are immense with no access to electricity, medical care or adequate education for the children. When I learned that those people have to work three hours to get to the nearest medical facility, I started to organize medical clinics...The day of the clinic people started to come as early as 6:00 am. I was able to see eighty people on my first day.” She sees her future role as a Nurse Practitioner as one which will enable her “not only to fill the gap as a provider here in Philadelphia, but also to care for my Haitian brothers and sisters better.”

“We received 3,356 applications from undergraduate and graduate nursing students, far exceeding all of our expectations,” said Jean Rodenberger, Editor-in-Chief, Nursing. "Our applicant pool was extremely diverse. Our undergraduate applicants encompassed traditional college freshmen, non-traditional students returning to school, and those just beginning their secondary educations. The graduate students, too, represented a vast range of backgrounds and goals. Selecting the winners were difficult decisions, but Mr. Medina and Ms. Lindor in their applications and essays demonstrated the very special nature of those who have chosen to be nurses. Their stories are inspiring to all of us. With Mr. Medina and Ms. Lindor leading the way, the future of nursing looks bright as a new generation of dedicated students embarks on the challenging yet rewarding path of becoming a nurse.”

The application process was open to undergraduate students pursuing RN, BSN, LPN/LVN, RN-BSN or ADN degrees leading to NCLEX® eligibility and graduate nurses pursuing a DNP, MSA, or PhD. They had to be enrolled in an accredited nursing program for the 2016 school year, a student in good standing with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, and a U.S. or Canadian citizen, legal resident, or holder of a valid student visa. Applicants completed an application form and submitted an official transcript and proof of enrollment as well as a short introduction and essay. Information about future scholarships will be announced on F.A. Davis’s web and social media sites.

The scholarship prize can be used for educational purposes only, which include tuition and/or related expenses such as books or school supplies required by instructors for their courses. (Room and board and other taxable expenses do not qualify.)

About F.A. Davis Company

F.A. Davis Company is one of the oldest independent, family-managed publishing houses in America. Since 1879, we have been meeting the needs of nursing, medical, and health science professionals seeking information of the highest quality.

Today, F.A. Davis carries on that tradition through its print, digital, and online products for students, educators, and clinicians in Nursing and the Health Sciences. Our flagship titles, Taber’s® Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary and Davis’s Drug Guide for Nurses® are among the most trusted names in health care.

For more information, visit http://www.FADavis.com.

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