2020 Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship
The Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship is an annual $1,000 scholarship awarded to an aspiring nurse who is currently enrolled in an undergraduate nursing program at a college or university or is a high school student who has been accepted into a school with an undergraduate nursing program. The winning applicant will provide the best 200-300 word essay on this year's essay topic which is: " Who has been the greatest influence in your decision to pursue nursing and why?". The application deadline is August 1, 2020.
Cascade Healthcare Solutions is a leading online retailer of healthcare supplies to customers throughout the United States including individuals, clinics, nursing homes, and hospitals. In 2020, we are excited to announce an annual scholarship to support future nurses who want to make a difference in the lives of their patients.
Cascade Healthcare Solutions is excited to support individuals who have the goal to pursue one of the most essential professions in our society with the Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship.
This scholarship is available for current
students in an undergraduate nursing degree program at an accredited college or university or
high school students who have been accepted into a college and plan to study
nursing. All applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at
least 3.0 and be a legal resident of the USA or hold a valid student visa. The
winning applicant must provide verification of enrollment at an undergraduate school with a
nursing program or acceptance into a school with an undergraduate nursing program.
Additionally, the winning applicant must provide a profile photo and brief
biography to be displayed at
www.cascadehealthcaresolutions.com. Employees or family
members of Cascade Healthcare Solutions are not eligible to participate.
All applications must be received by Cascade Healthcare Solutions by 5:00 p.m. PST on August 1st, 2020, and must be complete upon submission.
Submissions will be reviewed and selected by a committee. The committee will assess each application according to the quality, thoughtfulness, and relevance of the essay response.
Phone: (877) 480-3028
Attn: Scholarship Committee
115 Burnett Ave. S, STE B
Renton, WA 98057
2020 Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship Winner:
My name is Haley Simpson; I am an undergraduate nursing student at the University of Wyoming set to graduate in May of 2021. Originally hailing from Fort Collins, Colorado, I grew up loving everything the front range of the Rocky Mountains has to offer. I never anticipated a career in healthcare until I took four months to volunteer in a free medical clinic on the Baja Peninsula of Mexico back in 2016; this experience awoke a passion for meeting the needs of others through the provision of healthcare. I came home to immediately enroll in nursing prerequisites and I have never looked back! I currently work as a nursing student in both a Cardiothoracic ICU and a Neonatal ICU on top of being in nursing school full-time; I am passionate about critical care and the exceptional patient-centered experience you can provide to critically ill patients and their families in some of their most scary and difficult moments. I have also spent a few months working in COVID ICUs as well and feel so privileged to serve on the front lines of this pandemic. My hope is to gain acceptance into a critical care nurse residency program and ultimately to become a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA).
2019 Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship Winner:
My name is Shaquilla Gracien and I am from Boston. My interests in nursing mainly stemmed from working as a caregiver for eight years. After I graduated from Wheaton College with a neuroscience degree, I decided to pursue nursing. My current goal is to be a Registered Nurse and in the future become a neuroscience nurse practitioner. I am currently enrolled in an intensive nursing program that will help me gain more experience in the health field along with helping me achieve my goals.
My name is Savannah Winters and I am currently a nursing student at California State University, East Bay. I haven't always wanted to be a nurse. As a child, my dream was always to become a police officer like my mother. In fact, I feared hospitals. I would have never found my drive to enter the healthcare field if I hadn't been forced by unfortunate events to see the profession up close and personal. When I was six years old my mother was hospitalized after suffering a brain aneurysm. After that experience, my perception of hospitals and the people that work in them changed for the rest of my life. Thankfully, I was able to see her make a full recovery due to her excellent medical care. Firsthand, I witnessed the knowledge, compassion, and care that makes a great nurse. Since starting my nursing journey, I developed a passion for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where I am currently doing my senior preceptorship. There is something special about caring for a child and possibly adding 70, 80, or even 90 years to their lifespan. When I graduate and pass my NCLEX I hope to be accepted into a NICU new graduate program and obtain as much knowledge and experience as I can over the next two or three years before I return to school to obtain my master's degree and nurse practitioner's license in neonatology. I am so thankful for all the opportunities life has already given me and simply dream to make my friends, family, and fiance proud because I would have never made it this far without them. I am pursuing a career in nursing, not for the potential salary or title, but for the possibility of helping families like mine. I want to be the one responsible for doing something as great as keeping hope alive for the people who feel there is none left.
2017 Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship Winner:
2016 Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship Winner:
2015 Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship Winner:
My name is Allison Smith and I am originally from Tampa, Florida and I am the youngest of three siblings. In 2009, my mom moved to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue a career in the nursing field. I am currently a student at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia where I am pursuing a degree to obtain my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. My future goals are to become a Registered Nurse, gain experience in the health field, and later pursue my Master of Science in Nursing and become a Nurse Practitioner.
2014 Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship Winner:
My name is Rebekah Nation, and I am a senior at Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and grew up in Stockbridge, Georgia where I attended and graduated from Stockbridge High School. Following high school, I attended Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia for my first bachelor's degree in biology. After graduating from VSU, I joined the Army as a Preventive Medicine Specialist. After returning home from extensive military training, I attended a local college and obtained my EMT license while simultaneously working as a Pharmacy Technician. Soon after, I was called up to active duty at Fort Knox, Kentucky for a year. In Kentucky, I served as a liaison for wounded warriors at the Human Resources Command. After completing my year of active duty, I returned to Georgia, and began working as an EMT for Grady Memorial Hospital EMS. Through my experiences in EMS, I learned more about the role of the nurse, and learned that nursing was where I wanted to take my career. I applied to and started nursing school at Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. I am currently still working part time for Grady as an EMT, and I plan to work as an RN in their Marcus Trauma Center upon graduating and obtaining my license. A few other personal facts about me: I have a beagle named Delilah who I adopted from the animal shelter on Fort Knox. In my spare time, I love any kind of adventure (kayaking, canoeing, hiking) and I love anything involving the beach or water. I enjoy traveling whenever possible, whether it's to a nearby state I've never been to, or across the country to visit my sister and nieces in Seattle.