Last week SCCA awarded three junior nursing students with the first ever Future of Oncology Nursing Scholarship. SCCA is striving to create a center of excellence in oncology nursing, and this new scholarship program is intended to inspire local nursing students to pursue a career in oncology.
“We have a wonderful team of specialized oncology nurses, and we want to mentor young nurses into this kind of practice,” said Kathleen Shannon Dorcy, who is the Director of Clinical/Nursing Research, Education, and Practice at SCCA. “We are delighted that Seattle University, Seattle Pacific, and the University of Washington nursing programs all participated, and that we’ve selected three promising, enthusiastic students for the inaugural scholarship.”
This year’s winners are Stephanie Stoll from Seattle University, Corinne Valencia from Seattle Pacific, and Lyndsey Kellar from the University of Washington. They were selected from a pool of more than 20 applicants by a committee of nurses here at SCCA. To qualify, each student needed at least a 3.2 grade point average and a faculty recommendation. In addition, each had to complete a 250-word essay about why they would consider a career in oncology nursing. The scholarship is for $3,000. Congratulations to Stephanie, Corinne, and Lyndsey!