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Latino Nursing Scholarship opens doors

As recently as a couple of years ago, local students interested in the medical field left Park City as fledglings, released into the world without an inkling of how to spread their wings in the somewhat daunting realm of medicine.

This year, the medically inclined have a lot more options than in the past. With the addition of several healthcare-related classes at Park City High School (PCHS), including Sports Medicine, Medical Terminology and a Certified Nursing course, students finally have a starting point for their future aspirations.

And now, thanks to a group of forward-thinking educators, Latino students seeking careers in nursing have the opportunity to continue to higher levels of education.

Gina Agy, one of the school nurses for the Park City School District, teaches the Certified Nursing Assistant course at PCHS. There are 10 junior and senior students in the class, including one male and two Latina students, and the majority have expressed an interest in pursuing careers in the medical field, Agy says.

Agy had been teaching the course for a few months when she came up with a plan to establish a scholarship for nursing students. After talking to fellow staff and community members, Agy decided it would be most beneficial to design the scholarship specifically for Latino students, who have fewer opportunities compared to their peers.

The scholarship will be available to students with a Latino background that are interested in continuing education in the field of nursing. Agy and school administrators are in the process of nailing down the criteria for eligible students, but Agy wants to get the word out to Parkites. "I want it to be a community effort," she says. Already, the Park City Book Club has agreed to make a donation. "Hopefully, we will be able to get enough money to make it a substantial scholarship," Agy says.

According to Dana Ardovino, Community Scholarship Advisor at PCHS, the minimum amount for a community scholarship for one student is $500. Donations over $500 may be used for more than one student. The donors may determine the circumstances and any additional criteria for who will receive the scholarship.

Community groups are encouraged to collaborate to put together the funds. "It’s a great way to get together with other like-minded people and help a student go to college, says Ardovino. "Times are tough; it’s more important now than ever for this community to reach out and make kids’ college dreams come true." Scholarship funds go directly to the student to help offset costs of attendance such as books, tuition, room and board, she says.

Contributions in any amount to the scholarship fund are to be made out to the Park City High School Latino Nursing Scholarship, and may be dropped off at the front office at the high school. For more information, contact Dana Ardovino at 645-5650 ext. 2085.


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