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UCF College of Nursing scholarship recipients share their stories


Two UCF College of Nursing scholarship recipients shared their stories with donors at an appreciation luncheon March 18 at the Fairwinds Alumni
Center, Orlando.

The UCF College of Nursing awarded more than $142,600 in scholarship aid for the 2013-2014 academic year thanks to the support of donors. The college honored its donors and 64 scholarship recipients at the luncheon. Of the 64 scholarship recipients, 28 students received more than
one scholarship.

“We are very thankful for the support we receive from the community in providing scholarships for our nursing students,” Mary Lou Sole, RN, PhD, CCNS, CNL, FAAN, FCCM, interim dean of the UCF College of Nursing, said in a news release.

Born in Germany, Iris Appenrodt, a senior BSN student who received two scholarships, spoke about the many obstacles she had to overcome.

“When I was notified about the scholarships, I was trying to figure out how to pay for the spring semester and my upcoming graduation,” she said in the release. “Words cannot express the gratitude I feel for this generous contribution.”

Another senior BSN student and recipient of two scholarships is Libby Gersbach.
Gersbach addressed her fellow scholarship recipients when she spoke at the luncheon. “Perhaps each of us can best express our thanks by giving back to the community as a nurse and being a mentor for nursing students in the future,” Gersbach said in the release.

Six new scholarships established

This year, six new scholarships were established in the UCF College of Nursing, totaling $31,400 in additional aid to undergraduate and graduate nursing students.
The new scholarships include: The DNP Research Fund established by Tony Waldrop, and Julee Waldrop, the David and Ania Hanke Endowed Fund for Global Health Outreach established by UCF nursing alumnus David Hanke and his wife Ania, The Moore Family Endowed Scholarship established by UCF alumnus Mark Moore and his wife Lisa, the Laura Flannery Memorial Endowed Nursing Scholarship established in honor of Laura Flannery, the Ida Kinsley Memorial Endowed Nursing Scholarship established by UCF alumna Kate Kinsley and her husband Joseph, and the Samuel Realista Nursing Scholarship established by UCF alumnus Sam Realista.


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