Ocala, Fla (September 4, 2019)– The Community Foundation for Ocala / Marion County recently awarded $20,500 from the Angelica G. Muns Nursing Scholarship Fund. Of the 10 recipients for the Fall 2019 term, five were recurring scholarships. One of which – College of Central Florida (CF) Student, Manal Abdelhack – was designated the Therese McPherson scholar with a $2,500 award. The Therese V. McPherson Scholarship was established by Dr. Lon McPherson, former Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs at Munroe Regional Medical Center (now Advent Health), in loving memory of his wife Therese, for nursing students who “bridge” programs toward an advanced nursing degree.
The nine additional CF students receiving Muns Nursing Scholarships of $2,000 each are: Timothy Quick, Ronald Oliver, Alexandria Hershel, Regan Martin, Tanya Taylor, Michael Cole, Josh Copeland, Emma Baird, and Christasia King.
The awards ceremony was held on Thursday, August 29 at the Nonprofit Resource Center.
Since 2016, the Community Foundation has administered the Angelica G. Muns Nursing Scholarship. Mrs. Muns, a United States Airforce Lt. Colonel and registered nurse, served during World War II. Her love of her chosen profession led to establishing a nursing scholarship to ensure those interested in the field of nursing could have the 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, 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, 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.