Angelica G. Muns Nursing Scholarships are Awarded in Fall and Spring semesters
Ocala, FL (January 30, 2020) – The Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County recently awarded $14,500 in scholarships from the Angelica G. Muns Nursing Scholarship fund. According to the Florida Center for Nursing, by 2025 Florida healthcare system could be crippled due to a shortage of nurses. These scholarships help provide a way to improve those numbers. Five nursing student recipients recently accepted their awards at the Foundation’s Nonprofit Resource Center.
College of Central Florida (CF) Student, Josh Copeland, was designated the Therese McPherson scholar with a $2,500 award. Dr. Lon McPherson, former Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs at Munroe Regional Medical Center (now AdventHealth Ocala), established the Therese V. McPherson Scholarship in loving memory of his wife, for nursing students who “bridge” programs toward an advanced nursing degree.
The six additional CF students receiving Muns Nursing Scholarships of $2,000 each are: Timothy Quick, Ronald Oliver, Deanna McDaniel, Lovely Elein, Emma Baird, and Christasia King.
Since 2016, the Community Foundation has administered the Angelica G. Muns Nursing Scholarship. Mrs. Muns, a United States Air Force Lt. Colonel and registered nurse, served during World War II and established a nursing scholarship to ensure those interested in entering the field could have resources to obtain a 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, recipients must continue their career in an acute healthcare facility for up to two additional years. Qualified applicants/recipients must be enrolled in a certified nursing program in Marion County and maintain a 3.0 GPA.
By administering the Muns Nursing Scholarship, the Community Foundation enhances its mission to connect the charitable interest of donors to build a strong community. Additional programs include the NonProfit Business Council, the Estate Planning Council, and the new Nonprofit Resource Center in partnership with Marion County, the City of Ocala, the Marion County Hospital District and Advent Health. The Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County is Building a Stronger Community…One Passion at a Time.