2 Local High School Graduates Awarded $5,000 Scholarships
MOUNT AIRY, NC, June 3, 2022 – Northern Regional Hospital recently awarded the 2022 Robin Hardy Hodgin Education Scholarship to accomplished students planning to pursue a rewarding profession in healthcare. The scholarship can be used to cover the cost of tuition, books, and supplies for selected students who enroll in accredited healthcare programs in the areas of nursing, pharmacy, or other allied-health professions. The scholarship, established in the 2019-2020 school year, has already awarded $28,000 to support local graduates going into a healthcare field.
Historically, the Foundation has awarded 10 individual $1,000 scholarships, but this year, the Committee chose to award two scholarships in the amount of $5,000 each to two graduates, carefully screened and selected by a team of hospital leaders.
“This valuable program provides a much-needed helping hand to deserving students who have chosen to pursue fulfilling careers in healthcare while honoring the distinguished and ongoing career of Robin Hodgin, one of the most gifted and committed nursing leaders we have at Northern Regional Hospital. It is one of the numerous ways Northern provides support for our local youth, and exemplifies our commitment to education,” said Chris A. Lumsden, President & Chief Executive Officer of Northern Regional Hospital, in announcing this year’s award winners.
Northern Regional Hospital established the innovative scholarship program in October 2019, named in honor of NRH’s current Senior Vice President for Patient Services & Chief Nursing Officer. The Robin H. Hodgin Education Scholarship is funded through private donations, matched dollar-for-dollar by the Northern Regional Foundation. The Hospital’s Scholarship Committee awards one-time scholarships for up to 10 eligible students enrolled in a health science degree-granting program at an accredited college or university of their choice. Scholarships are awarded to prospective students who reside in Surry County and the surrounding region and aspire to a career in nursing or allied-health professions – including respiratory therapy, physical therapy, medical imaging technology, laboratory science, pharmacy, and others.
“I am honored to serve on the scholarship committee for the Robin Hardy Hodgin Education Scholarship,” said Tina Beasley, Executive Assistant for Northern Regional Hospital, pictured presenting the scholarships to the recipients. “This scholarship is a testament to the talents and leadership of Northern Regional Hospital’s top nursing executive, Robin Hodgin, who has served our Hospital for more than 40 years. This scholarship program is designed to help jumpstart the careers of students pursuing a career in nursing or allied health. Recipients are chosen based on merit, academics, community involvement, and financial need. This year, both recipients ranked in the top 5 of their class and had high GPAs. Both students were involved in many extra-curricular and community activities. Each student received outstanding recommendations from their teachers and school administrators. We have no doubt that both Kylie and Lizbhet will represent Northern Regional Hospital well.”
Liszbhet Hernandez, of Mount Airy, NC, is a 2022 graduate of Surry County Early College High School and will attend UNC-Charlotte in the fall to pursue an associate’s degree in nursing. Lizbhet’s aspirations for healthcare began at a young age, and she has volunteered at Dunmoore Plantation Assisted Living Alzheimer’s Care Unit and at Surry Medical Ministries.
“I was overjoyed to learn I had been chosen for this award, and I am thankful and grateful. This scholarship will help me with my overall cost of tuition and books. I plan to use this scholarship towards my books and with the money that is leftover, I’ll pay off my tuition. I plan to be driven to succeed in the future and winning this scholarship will help me be one step closer to achieving my goal to become a nurse,” said Hernandez of the scholarship.
Kylie Bruner, of Pilot Mountain, NC, is a 2022 graduate of East Surry High School and plans to begin her studies to become a nurse practitioner at UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall. She is currently working as a Certified Nursing Assistant in Northern Regional Hospital’s Pre-Apprentice Program. Bruner has aspired to a career in healthcare since the age of six, when she lost two of her grandparents to cancer.
“The scholarship provided to me by the Robin Hardy Hodgin Scholarship Fund, will benefit me by providing a slight relief from the added stress of paying for college. I am so thankful to become a recipient of this scholarship because I feel valued and held to a great honor being chosen by the scholarship committee. As I embark on my educational nursing journey, the Robin H. Hodgin scholarship allows me to go to college more empowered and with less worry about the cost of my education,” said Bruner.
For more information about the Robin Hardy Hodgin Scholarship Fund, about Northern Regional Hospital Foundation, and to donate, visit choosenorthern.org.