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05.13.2015

InterAct for Change and Deaconess Associations Foundation Award Scholarships; Recognize Nursing Excellence

Twenty Local Nursing and Allied Health Students Receive Funding to Advance Careers;
Distinguished Nurses Honored 

Deaconess Associations Foundation and InterAct for Change today announced they have awarded scholarships to 15 local nursing students. Interact for Change also presented the Nursing Excellence Award to two nurses demonstrating outstanding contributions and Deaconess awarded additional scholarships to five allied health students.

“These scholarships assist nursing students enrolled at all touch points of nursing education programs, whether just beginning their career or working towards future teaching positions,” said Francie Wolgin, senior program officer at InterAct for Change. “The Greater Cincinnati community relies on thousands of nurses each and every day who provide or influence nursing care in schools, hospitals and other facilities throughout the region. In addition to funding further development for these essential personnel, we also wanted to take the opportunity to recognize the extraordinary contributions of two dedicated individuals.”

The Nursing Excellence Award honors individuals who demonstrate outstanding contributions to nursing in Ohio, Kentucky, or Indiana. Susan Williamson, MSN, RN, IBCLC, Nurse Clinician and Lactation Consultant, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and Amy Hall, DNP, RN, Clinical Director, Pediatric Primary Care Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, will be the recipients for this eighth year of Nursing Excellence Awards.


Deaconess scholarships were established by the Deaconess Associations Foundation to benefit undergraduate and graduate nursing students in a broad array of clinical and educational disciplines, and allied health students.

“Deaconess has a rich legacy of strongly supporting local healthcare professionals throughout our 127-year history,” said Tony Woods, chairman of Deaconess Associations, Inc. “In fact, the Deaconess School of Nursing class of 1918 was the first to become registered nurses with the State Medical Board of Ohio. We are pleased to support these students whose work has a positive impact on quality of life for our community long into the future.” 

Deaconess scholarships winners are:

  • Five Deaconess Associations Advanced Practice Nursing Scholarships ($10,000 each) were awarded to students enrolled in accredited masters or doctorate programs in nursing. Scholarship winners include:
    • Karen Burke, Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program, University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing
    • Adelaide Harris, Ph.D. program, Xavier University
    • Teaera Roland, Master of Science in Nursing student in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program, Xavier University
    • Yuan Shang, MSN in the Adult Gero Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program, University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing
    • Tristen Yarborough, MSN program University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing
  • Five Deaconess Associations Nursing Scholarships ($5,000 each) were awarded to students enrolled in accredited associate or baccalaureate nursing programs and to students with non-nursing BA or BS degrees enrolled in an accredited program awarding an MSN. Winners are:
    • Kristen Banks, Bachelor of Science program in Nursing, University
    • of Cincinnati
    • Meredith Bechtle, Master of Science in Nursing Direct Entry,
    • Xavier University
    • J Garrett Chunn, Bachelor of Science in Nursing,
    • Northern Kentucky University
    • Kadori Ngirabakunzi, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Northern
    • Kentucky University
    • Katharine Vincent, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Northern Kentucky University.
  • Five Deaconess Associations Allied Health Scholarships ($5,000 each) were awarded to students enrolled in accredited associate or baccalaureate programs to become dental hygienists or pursuing a masters in social work. Winners are:
    • Caitlyn Capek, Dental Hygiene program at University of Cincinnati,
    • Blue Ash
    • Alicia Ledford, Dental Hygiene program at University of Cincinnati,
    • Blue Ash
    • Amy Snow, Master of Social Work degree at the University of Cincinnati, School of Social Work
    • Antoine Spriggs, Master of Social Work degree at the University of Cincinnati, School of Social Work
    • Aimie Willhoite, Master of Social Work program at Northern
    • Kentucky University
  • The Deaconess School of Nursing Alumni Scholarship ($1,000) has been awarded to Amanda Jennings, an outstanding student enrolled at Wright State University working toward her Master of Science in Nursing in the Family Nurse Practitioner program. She currently works in Same Day Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Interact for Change scholarships winners are:

  • The Ida W. Casey Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) is named for the founding chair of the Department of Nursing at Edgecliff College, now Xavier University. The scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in an accredited graduate degree nursing program. This year's winner is Diana Wyrick, a faculty member of Wright State University currently enrolled in its Masters of School Nursing program.
  • The Anna M. Drake Scholarship ($2,000) is named for a public health nurse and founder of District 8 (now known as the Southwestern Ohio Nurses Association) of the Ohio Nurses Association. Miquita Carter has been named this year's recipient. An employee of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Miquita is currently enrolled in the Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences with a goal of obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).
  • The Rose Hook Scholarship Fund ($2,000) honors a well-known Northern Kentucky nurse who was the first board chair of Interact for Change, and is an emeritus director of the Interact for Health board. Elizabeth Foltz, a student at Northern Kentucky University working to obtain a degree in both nursing and American Sign Language, has been named this year's winner. 
  • The Laura Rosnagle Memorial Scholarship ($2,000) recognizes the first Dean of University of Cincinnati's College of Nursing and Health. The scholarship is awarded annually to a registered nurse who is enrolled in an accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Master in Science Nursing completion program, or to an individual with a non-nursing BA or BS degree now enrolled in an accredited program awarding an MSN degree. Nicole Richardson, currently enrolled in Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science’s BSN program, has been named this year’s recipient.