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Civic League scholarships aid nursing students

By By MARY-ALLISON LANCASTER Managing editor
Attending college is an expensive commodity. Students who wish to continue their learning by moving forward to nursing school, for example, need even more help. That's where a scholarship comes in handy.
The Brewton Civic League currently offers scholarships to nursing students enrolled at Jefferson Davis Community College. The deadline for the applications, which are available on the college campus, is March 10 . The scholarship is awarded to outstanding and deserving students who wish to continue their higher education to become a registered nurse, and applicants must be residents of Escambia County, Ala.
Ann Smith is among the recipients of the nursing scholarship, and with the help of the scholarship, she has been able to learn comfortably knowing she will not have to hassle with paying back the loans she would have had to take out if she had not received the scholarship.
According to Dement Hays, who coordinates the nursing scholarship contact, Dement Hays, the scholarship is a gift scholarship, which means the students do not have to pay any money.
Smith will be graduating in May and is a firm believer in applying for scholarships and took advantage of every offer she stumbled across. She's very thankful for the Civic League nursing scholarship she received.
The nursing program at JDCC was implemented in 1970. Since then, more than 1,200 nurses have graduated from the program. The nursing program at JDCC is accredited by the National League of Accrediting Commission and has the approval of the Alabama Board of Nursing.
Smith did her preceptorship at Evergreen Medical Center. She said she would like to remain in the state of Alabama, and hopes to work in Evergreen.
Often times, students don't apply for scholarships because they think their GPA is too low, or they don't feel worthy of applying for a scholarship. However, students shouldn't shy away from at least applying for one.
When Smith received her scholarship it paid for everything, including books and tuition. Smith offers some advice to those wanting to apply for the nursing scholarship.