Mission Health scholarship recipients announced

December 20, 2012 | Share |

Twenty-four students in Western Carolina University’s College of Health and Human Sciences are receiving scholarships for the 2012-13 academic year from the Mission Health System through a $250,000 donation announced in the fall of 2011. The students and their areas of study are:

• Krystal Arrington, first-year graduate student from Brevard, master of health sciences

• Melanie Batchelor, second-year graduate student from Sylva, master of health sciences

• Cara Beale, second-year graduate student from Franklin, master of social work

• Tammy Cloer, senior from Bryson City, School of Nursing, registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing

• Michelle Coverdale, first-year graduate student from Pittsboro, communication sciences and disorders

• Kristy Green, second-year graduate student from Brasstown, master of social work

• Alwin Heuer, first-year graduate student from Birmington and Huntsville, Ala., School of Nursing, nurse anesthesia

• Ricardo Isaacs, first-year graduate student from Brooklyn, N.Y., School of Nursing, nurse anesthesia

• Bryan Jennings, junior from Bryson City, school of nursing, bachelor of science in nursing

• Joshua Jones, first-year graduate student from Sylva, doctorate in physical therapy

• Julie Lester, senior from Hickory, School of Nursing, bachelor of science in nursing

• Susanne Loar, graduate student from Asheville, master of social work

• Jonathan Lowrance, first-year graduate student from Cape Girardeau, Mo., School of Nursing, nurse anesthesia

• Brittany Lysik, first-year graduate student from Cary, doctorate in physical therapy

• Nicole Levi, first-year graduate student from Mills River, master of health sciences

• Katie McCollum, first-year graduate student from Asheville, master in nursing (family nurse practitioner)

• Sasha McCurry, graduate student from Asheville, School of Nursing, accelerated bachelor of science in nursing

• William Pertet, first-year graduate student from Morganton, Ga., master of health sciences

• Kylie Phillips, first-year graduate student from Asheville, master of social work

• Marvin Kent Purser, senior from Andrews, social work

• Kelli Runyon, graduate student from Roanoke, Va., School of Nursing, accelerated bachelor of science in nursing

• Tiffany Salido, first-year graduate student from Asheville, doctorate in physical therapy

• Candice Walsh, second-year graduate student from Oxford, master of social work

• Tammy Whitlock, first-year graduate student from Buckhannon, W.V., master in nursing (family nurse practitioner)

Mission Health System will provide $50,000 annually over the next five years to WCU, helping recruit and assist a diverse group of students who demonstrate exceptional academic merit/promise and/or financial need, and are pursuing studies in health and human sciences. Programs in the university’s College of Health and Human Sciences qualifying for the scholarships include the master in nursing, nurse anesthesia; master in nursing, family nurse practitioner; master in nursing, nurse educator; master in nursing, nurse administrator; RN to BSN online program; BSN and ABSN; master in communication sciences and disorders; master of social work; master of health sciences; and doctorate in physical therapy.

Several of these and other programs are housed in the new $46 million Health and Human Sciences Building on the opposite side of Highway 107 from the main Cullowhee campus, which opened on the first day of classes in August. The graduate and accelerated nursing programs, the online RN to BSN programs, and two semesters of the graduate social work program are offered at WCU’s new instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square, which is easily accessible from Interstate 26 (exit 37) in Asheville.

Mission Health System (http://www.missionhospitals.org/), centered in Asheville, is a not-for-profit community health system and comprises Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, McDowell Hospital, Mission Children’s Hospital, Mission Hospital, Transylvania Regional Hospital and Mission Medical Associates.

For more information, contact Marie T. Huff, interim dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences, at mhuff@wcu.edu or 828-227-2140.


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