Pictured, from left, Sue Orchard, RN, MSN, NTCC Practical Nursing Faculty; Christine Henfling,
$1,000 nursing scholarship winner; Charlene Bennett, Memorial Hospital Auxiliary member; Maggie
Johnson, NTCC Practical Nursing Coordinator; Brenda Benninger, RN, MSN, NTCC Practical Nursing Faculty.
The Memorial Hospital Auxiliary offers an annual $1,000 nursing scholarship that is awarded
to a nursing student enrolled in the Northern Tier Career Center's Practical Nursing Program in Towanda.
Applicants for the scholarship must be a resident of Bradford or Sullivan County and must
have completed one level of the nursing program. Applicants must have a grade average of
85% or higher and be paying cash or receiving loans for their nursing education in order to
qualify. Additionally, applicants submit an essay on the reason for selecting practical
nursing as their career choice.
Charlene Bennett of Memorial Hospital's Auxiliary is pleased to announce that Christine
Henfling of Towanda is this year's winner of the annual $1,000 scholarship. "It is always
difficult to choose just one winner from the applicants," said Bennett. "Each one deserved
it in their own way. We are pleased and proud to honor Christine this year. She has a 98
GPA, an outstanding clinical evaluation, she has an exceptional attitude and she clearly
demonstrates an outstanding commitment to caring for others through the nursing profession."
Following is an excerpt from Christine's essay: "My ultimate goal is to work in long-term-care
and work on getting my RN degree when I graduate. Eventually, I would like to work in hospice
and to be able to do for others what was done for my family. I yearn to be able to make a
positive difference in the lives of the patients and families who are faced with the unthinkable;
and help them to make it positive by giving them and their loved ones the compassion, respect
and dignity they deserve. Nursing, to me, is not just a job or career. It has become a calling,
a decades-long dream I am finally able to achieve."
This is the 11th year Memorial Hospital's Auxiliary has given the $1,000 scholarship to a
licensed practical nursing student enrolled at the Northern Tier Career Center in North Towanda.
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