Rockford Health System Announces Six Minority Scholarship Recipients

June 25, 2013

Rockford Health System, along with Rockford Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, announced the recipients of the 2013 Minority Scholarship Awards. Six minority nursing students received $2,000 each toward their 2013-2014 educational expenses.

Rockford Health System awarded four scholarships to African American nursing students.

  • Laquisha Thompson, of Rockford, is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Saint Anthony College of Nursing. Thompson has been an RHS employee since 2011.
  • Briana Watkins, of Rockford, is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Rockford College.
  • Amber Coffey,of Rockford, is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Rockford College. Coffey is a previous 2010 Scholarship recipient.
  • Erica White, of Rockford, is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Olivette Nasareen. White has been an RHS employee since 2010 and a previous 2011 and 2012 Scholarship recipient.

Rockford Memorial Auxiliary awarded two scholarships to Spanish-speaking Hispanic students.

  • Evelia Flores, of Rockford, is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Rock Valley College.
  • Enedelia Manriquez Mandujano, of Rockford, is pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Rock Valley College. Mandujano has been an RHS employee since 2012 and a previous 2012 Scholarship recipient.

Rockford Health System recognizes the importance of diversity in the local health care work force. RHS worked with the hospital auxiliary to create the scholarship program in 2008 to encourage minority nursing students in their education. Since that time the program has given nearly $70,000 to African American and Hispanic nursing students.


While these scholarships do not require employment at Rockford Health System, we hope these future nurses will choose to work with our team.

 

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