The Regional Medical Center Foundation’s Virginia B. Johnson Scholarship Fund has awarded scholarships to four area students who are pursuing registered nursing degrees.
“The RMC Foundation is honored to provide educational opportunities to these students who are passionate about improving the health of their community through their work,” RMC Foundation Executive Director Margaret Frierson said.
Awarded scholarships toward their nursing education were Hayley Miller of Lander University; Tori McDaniel of the University of South Carolina Aiken; Heather Connor, RN, of the University of South Carolina Upstate and RMC surgical clinical quality reviewer; and Edward Godowns of the Medical University of South Carolina School of Nursing.
RMC Foundation Board Member and Virginia B. Johnson Scholarship Committee Chairman Gail Delaney presented the awards and shared words of encouragement with the recipients.
“We applaud these students for choosing to use their education to provide care and compassion to those who need it most,” Delaney said. “We are happy to help them along their journey.”
Only students who are pursuing credentials as a registered nurse through an associate, bachelor, or a graduate nursing degree offered by an accredited program are eligible to apply for the scholarship program. Applicants must be in or at the beginning of the second year of their nursing program, and must have posted a grade point average of 3.0 or higher during their most recent semester. Participants must also be a resident of Orangeburg or Calhoun counties, or a resident of an adjacent county enrolled in an accredited program in Orangeburg.
The scholarship fund is named for Virginia Blount Johnson, long-time leader in the Orangeburg civic and medical communities. In her memory and through this scholarship, prospective nurses are receiving help in achieving their career goals. Since 2001, grants totaling $163,500 have been made to 165 nursing students.