Nursing Scholarships Awarded at Annual Breakfast
Nearly 50 nursing scholarships were awarded to Overlook Medical Center employees at a breakfast hosted by the Overlook Foundation in May. Joining the scholarship recipients were members of the hospital senior leadership team, the Overlook Auxiliary, and the Nurse Practice Congress Committee, as well as representatives of the individuals and organizations sponsoring the scholarships.
Designed to support Overlook employees who are pursuing nursing degrees, the program is open to those working full time, part time, and per diem. Applications are reviewed by a committee that includes the hospital’s chief nursing officer, and both donors and administrators of the various scholarships.
“There are many wonderful, highly motivated people out there who are striving to improve themselves through hard work and ‘stick-to-itiveness,’” explains Dr. Walter Groff who, with his wife Patricia, a former nurse, established the Dorothy and Edward Brill & Muriel and Donald Groff, M.D. Nursing Scholarship in honor of their parents.
The announcement of that scholarship in 2009 prompted a surge of support for nursing education at Overlook, with the following also now offered and administered through the foundation on an annual basis:
- The Nicholas J. and Anna K. Bouras Nursing Education Scholarship
- The Ann M. Oliva Nursing Education Scholarship
- The Overlook Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship
- The Medical Staff Nursing Scholarship
- The Claudia Wuest Nursing Education Scholarship
- The John and Marion Herrmann Nursing Education Scholarship
“Knowing that this will help future generations of nurses at Overlook is especially meaningful to me,” says Ann Oliva, who retired last fall after nearly five decades at the hospital. A former nurse who most recently served as executive director of the foundation, Ann has seen her fund grow exponentially since it was created and endowed in 2009 with donations in honor of her 40thanniversary at Overlook. To date, well-wishers have contributed more than $250,000 to the fund, which has already helped more than 50 local nursing students defray the cost of their nursing school education.
“We are just thrilled to support them in any small way we can,” adds Dr. Groff. “Even while working full or part time, these individuals are pushing themselves to provide for the future of Overlook through highly skilled, highly educated patient care. Academics are important, but hanging in there trumps all.”