GTCC NURSING STUDENT BECOMES FIRST RECIPIENT OF SCHOLARSHIP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

APRIL 22, 2015

From left to right: GTCC Foundation Director Harry Stillerman, GTCC Nursing student and scholarship recipient Jessica Edwards, and TRLA President and Executive Director of The Carillon Barbara Springs. Photo credit Carla Kucinski/GTCC

From left to right: GTCC Foundation Director Harry Stillerman, GTCC Nursing student and scholarship recipient Jessica Edwards, and TRLA President and Executive Director of The Carillon Barbara Springs. Photo credit Carla Kucinski/GTCC

JAMESTOWN, N.C. — GTCC Nursing student Jessica Edwards has been awarded a $500 scholarship from the Triad Retirement Living Association (TRLA). Edwards of Madison, N.C. is the first recipient to receive the scholarship.

The TRLA Health Professions Endowed Scholarship Fund was created in 2009 and fully endowed in 2014. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide financial support to GTCC students enrolled in the Health Sciences division.

TRLA is an organization of senior service industry professionals, with a mission to educate and serve the community in senior retirement services. Since the organization promotes educational, referral and networking resources to improve the senior community in the Triad, TRLA decided to partner with GTCC to help students succeed in a healthcare-related or medical technician field.

“Our hope is that many of the GTCC graduates will want to join our member’s teams as a nurse, CNA or medical technician as they enter the workforce,” said Barbara Springs, TRLA president and executive director of The Carillon in Greensboro. “We look forward to many more opportunities to award scholarships to deserving students.”

GTCC Foundation Director Harry Stillerman added: “The GTCC Foundation is pleased to partner with TRLA in efforts to help students to achieve their educational and career goals. We look forward to seeing the positive impact this scholarship will make for Jessica and future student recipients.”

Edwards is pursuing an associate degree in nursing and is expected to graduate in December.

“It means so much,” Edwards said of the scholarship. “It’s a big stress relief, and it’s a great opportunity to be the first to receive it. I’m proud of myself for working so hard.”

Edwards says her mother, who is also a nurse, inspired her to pursue nursing, coupled with her natural instinct to care for others.

“That’s what makes nurses, nurses — doing little things to make people happy, and I love making people happy,” she says.

Guilford Technical Community College is the third largest of 58 institutions in the North Carolina Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at www.gtcc.edu.

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— Carla Kucinski/GTCC