Former Army Ranger Earns Nursing Scholarship

September 12, 2007 – Columbus Technical College nursing student, Sergio Arce, has been named the proud and deserving recipient of the W.G. Hartline Scholarship. The $500 scholarship will help offset the cost of tuition and fees for the former Army Ranger.


September 12, 2007 – Columbus Technical College first year nursing student Sergio Arce (center) accepts his $500 Hartline Scholarship. Also pictured: Gloria Dodds, Director of Institutional Advancement and Ken Gordon, RN, MSN, Program Manager, Nursing.

The W.G. Hartline Scholarship is named in memory of Mr. W.G. “Griff” Hartline, former president of Columbus Technical College. Mr. Hartline served the College from 1965 – 1994 and was president from 1979 – 1994. The scholarship will be awarded each Fall Quarter to a deserving first year nursing student.

Sergio Arce, 24, spent most of his adult life as a U.S. Army Ranger Infantryman at Fort Benning’s 3rd Ranger Battalion. In his application for the Hartline Scholarship, Arce said, “I have been to both Iraq and Afghanistan several times and have witnessed both the life saving actions of well-trained medics and physicians and the unfortunate death of human beings. This is one of the reasons after I left the military that I chose to start a new career as a Registered Nurse. Nurses are the foundation in assuring every patient receives individual care and attention from beginning to end during hospitalization.” 

After he graduates, Arce hopes to get to work saving lives as a nurse in an intensive care unit at a hospital. His wife, Vanessa, is also pursuing a degree in nursing at Columbus Technical College. She is a second year student.

Arce says the Hartline Scholarship will be a big financial boost. Both Sergio and Vanessa are full time students and, because of their class load, can only work side jobs on weekends for small incomes. 

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