The next Nurses Make a Difference Scholarship application period opens Spring 2022.
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. The scholarship is awarded through an essay contest, with a different essay topic each year. The aspiring nurse with the best essay as selected by our scholarship committee will receive the $1000 scholarship. The essay will be assessed based on quality, thoughtfulness, and relevance to the topic. The application deadline is annually on August 1.
2021 Winner - Samantha Martin
Samantha Martin is finishing her BSN at Thomas Jefferson University. Shortly after getting married she became pregnant with her first child, who had a major medical condition and was given no chance at life. After seeking medical care at one of the top Children's Hospitals in the world, Samantha's son was born and thrived as his medical team navigated his complex medical conditions. During the next several months Samantha experienced the bedside medical world firsthand and saw the impact that nurses had on parents and children during their time being treated in an intensive care unit. She went on to have identical twins who were born in the second trimester, also requiring many months of intensive medical care, and was again shown the power and privilege of nursing. When her twins reached school age, Samantha decided it was time to go back to school and devote her life to giving others the gifts of comfort and care she and her children had been given during her children's time in the hospital. She hopes to have a long bedside career in pediatric nursing and also plans to pursue further schooling to become a university educator.