Grossmont Healthcare District presents scholarships to nursing students by Rick Griffin

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD, a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, has presented $6,000 in scholarships to three nursing students based on their community involvement and future plans in the nursing profession. They include Karen Adams of El Cajon, Melissa Foster of La Mesa and Linda Matheny of El Cajon. Adams received $3,000, while Foster and Matheny each received $1,500. All three are nursing students at Grossmont College.

“We were impressed with each recipient’s career goals, as well as their volunteer experiences,” said GHD board member Michael Emerson, who served as chair of the Community Grants and Sponsorships Committee, which reviewed the scholarship applications. Adams, who hopes to work in a hospital, clinic or school, has traveled to Fiji and Nicaragua on relief assistance trips. Foster, who wants to focus on preventing childhood obesity, taught exercise at Murray Manor Elementary School in La Mesa. Matheny, who inspires to help provide healthcare to those without health insurance, has administered flu shots to college students and supported fund-raising walks for epilepsy research.

The GHD scholarships are named the Richard Bea RN Memorial Nursing Scholarships in memory of former GHD board member Richard Bea, a registered nurse who worked at Grossmont Hospital for 18 years. Bea served on the GHD board from 1996, including as board president, until his death in 1999. The scholarships are intended to encourage the development of nurses new to the profession. Applicants are required to have completed one year in a registered nursing program approved by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission and provide evidence of current enrollment and community volunteer work, along with a letter of recommendation and a 500-word essay on “The Future of Nursing in My Community.” They also must reside within the GHD boundaries for a minimum of one year, or have graduated from a high school located within the District.

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