Honors & Awards
A summary listing of colleges receiving institution and individual honors and awards
Gadsden State Community College (Ala.) student Chrysan Griffin was recently awarded the Jerry L. Culberson Nursing Scholarship. The $2,500 scholarship is for the 2014-15 term. Griffin, a non-traditional student attending Gadsden State Cherokee, enjoys working with people and loves learning the skills associated with nursing. A mother of two young children, she works full-time job while also attending school fulltime. The Culberson scholarship was established by the Cherokee County Health Authority in 2012. This partial tuition scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving nursing student attending Gadsden State Cherokee. Recipients of the scholarship must have demon strated academic excellence by maintaining a GPA of 3.0 in all courses attempted and completed toward the nursing degree and show financial need.
Aaron Bell, an HVAC graduate of the Lamar Institute of Technology, received a certificate from Texas Gov. Rick Perry for his performance in the National SkillsUSA Competition, held in June. Bell won a silver medal at the competition, which included gold-medal winners from every state. He currently works for Lennox, and is pursuing a second degree in process operating technology at LIT.
The Union County College (N.J.) Practical Nursing Program earned national recognition from the National League for Nursing in receiving the Hearst Foundations Excellence in Geriatric Education Award. The Hearst Foundations confer the award to nursing programs for demonstrating “exceptional innovation in teaching care of older adults.” Union was one of two colleges to earn the award in 2014. The Hearst Foundations specifically cited Union for having developed an assessment tool that provided “a clever way for students to assess risk for senior-citizen patients.” Nursing Professor Michele Cislo describes the tool as a “concept map, with a rubric or decision tree for students to assess the needs of older adults.”