The Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County recently awarded $37,000 in scholarships from the Angelica G. Muns Nursing Scholarship Fund. Of the 18 recipients for the Fall 2018 term, 10 were recurring scholarships.
One of which – College of Central Florida (CF) Student, Krista Paul – was designated the Therese McPherson scholar with a $3,000 award. The Therese V. McPherson Scholarship was established by Dr. Lon McPherson, former Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs at Munroe Regional, in loving memory of his wife Therese, for nursing students who “bridge” programs toward an advanced nursing degree.
The 17 students receiving Muns Nursing Scholarships of $2,000 each are:
- Regan Martin- CF
- Kristie Navarro- CF
- Mashelle Thrush- Rasmussen
- Kristin Williams- CF
- Areley Martinez- Rasmussen
- Courtney McCallum- CF
- Bailey Johnson- CF
- Amanda Bateson- CF
- Cidney Williams- CF (recurring)
- Haley Robinson- CF (recurring)
- Dora Tilton- CF (recurring)
- Manal Abdelhack- CF (recurring)
- Kathy Beam- CF (recurring)
- Keri McCall- CF (recurring)
- Morgan Ritacco- CF (recurring)
- Carolyn Shelfer- CF (recurring)
- Summer Noeker- Rasmussen (recurring)
The awards ceremony held on Monday, September 10 was hosted by CenterState Bank located at 6132 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
Since 2016, the Community Foundation has administered the Angelica G. Muns Nursing Scholarship. Mrs. Muns, a United States Airforce Lt. Colonel, was a registered nurse who served during World War II. Her love of her military service and of her chosen profession led to the establishment of a nursing scholarship to ensure that those wanting to excel in the field of nursing had the opportunity to obtain a nursing degree.
Mrs. Muns and her husband both received excellent healthcare in Ocala/Marion County and established this scholarship in recognition of the exceptional care they received. The legacy scholarships not only enable students to pursue nursing degrees but post-graduation, the trust stipulates that they continue their career in an acute healthcare facility for up to an additional two years. Qualified applicants/recipients must be enrolled in a certified nursing program in Marion County and maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the duration of their schooling.
By administering the Muns Nursing Scholarship and others, it enhances the mission of the Community Foundation to connect the charitable interest of donors to build a strong community.
Angelica G. Muns Nursing Scholarship are Awarded in Fall and Spring semesters.