Four Columbus Technical College nursing students are the recipients of scholarships valued at $500 each and they will go a long way in helping pay for their education and/or future program-related needs. Winners of the Klayder Scholarship are Pam Jones and Shanna Peterson. This award was named in honor of Paul A. Klayder, Jr. and his wife, Velma. Winners must have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA, collected three letters of recommendation from instructors and current or former employers and submitted a letter to the scholarship selection committee at Columbus Technical College.
In her letter, 46-year-old Pam Jones wrote about the challenges of starting over after a 20-year career in the financial industry and being a full time mom. She enrolled at the College in summer of 2012 and in December of 2013, she received a life-changing phone call.
“I was accepted into the ADN (Associate Degree Nursing) program. I immediately turned in a resignation to my employer and began the next phase of my life,” Jones wrote.
Shanna Peterson, 40, has always been fascinated by the medical field as many family members were practitioners. But it was her father who inspired her to pursue nursing. His life changed dramatically after a car accident that rendered him a quadriplegic.
“In November of last year, my father was hospitalized due to respiratory distress resulting from decreased strength of his diaphragm, lungs, and heart muscle,” Peterson remembered. “Shortly before he passed away, I was beside him when I was notified of my acceptance into the nursing program at Columbus Technical College. That was the happiest I had seen him in several months.”
The W.G. Hartline Scholarship is named in remembrance of late Columbus Technical College President, W.G. “Griff” Hartline. It is awarded to deserving first year nursing students. These students are ineligible for HOPE or Pell funds and the $500 in scholarship monies must be used toward tuition and fees. It is managed through the CTC Foundation and Business Office.In her application essay, 37-year-old Christy Foster wrote about her dedication to a program that was made for her nurturing personality. She receives student loans to pay for tuition, works part time as a nursing assistant, and even helps clean houses to make ends meet.
“I have had to make sacrifices since being in nursing school, personally and financially, but it will be so worth it to be able to work at a job that I love and can be proud of,” Foster wrote.
Leslie Redmond, 25, has an undergraduate degree in Animal Science and was employed in an animal hospital for three years but she realized something was missing — human interaction.
“I am intrigued and fascinated with the way the body works, how medications affect body systems, and how the human spirit can sustain a person through sickness,” Redmond wrote. “I want to live, breathe, think, and KNOW this information, because it is the catalyst for fulfilling the dream I have been given.”
Congratulations to all of our winners! For more information on the Columbus Technical College ADN program, call 706.225.0502706.225.0502.