When Joy Goodie decided to change her career from being a behavioral health consultant in Carroll Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED) to a registered nurse and ideally an advanced nurse practitioner, she wanted to avoid accumulating a huge debt when she graduated.
She enrolled in Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Nursing in Baltimore and is looking forward to graduating with a Bachelor of Science in nursing next August. Now she has received help in offsetting the cost of some of her tuition thanks to receiving two scholarships from the Carroll Hospital Foundation.
“I’m super excited to receive these scholarships. I started nursing school in an accelerated program and it’s extremely expensive, so to not be overburdened with loans and to have the opportunity and the support of the organization where I work is just amazing,” says Goodie.
Goodie was one of 9 local students to be awarded a scholarship by the Carroll Hospital Foundation to assist her and others in advancing their education. The Foundation awarded $21,500 in scholarships during a special presentation on June 22.
The scholarships and recipients were as follows:
- The Libman Nursing Scholarship was awarded to Sweta Kantesaria and Olivea Miserandino. They each received $2,000 to cover tuition, books and fees for their pursuit of a degree as a registered nurse. The scholarship was established in 2004 by Frank Herbert Libman and is awarded each year to Carroll County residents pursuing a nursing degree at Carroll Community College.
- The College Scholarship Fund for Dependents of Associates was awarded to Skyla Bollinger and Kristina Kemp. Skyla is the daughter of Philip Bollinger and Nicole Bollinger, who works in health navigation at Carroll Hospital. Kemp is the daughter of Charlotte Kemp, who works as a laboratory medical technologist at Carroll Hospital. Both Skyla and Kristina received $2,000 toward their studies at West Virginia University and Kent State University, respectively, in the fall. The scholarship was created in July 2006 by Dr. Michael Kane and his wife, Debbie, and was set up to help retain a top-notch staff at Carroll Hospital to work with patients, physicians and family members.
- Lisa Allen, Joy Goodie and Sweta Kantesaria were each awarded $1,000 from the Carroll Hospital Associate Scholarship established by Physicians of Indian Origin Fund. Launched in 2008, this scholarship was originally established by Dr. Natvarlal Rajpara and jointly funded by gifts from Drs. Binu Chacko, Dineshkumar Kalaria, Suresh and Sushma Sidh, and Kiran and Radhika Kuna.
- The Virginia Minnick Auxiliary Scholarship for children and grandchildren of associates and volunteers, as well as for junior volunteers, was awarded to Elizabeth Leary. The daughter of George Leary and Joy Goodie, Leary received $2,500 toward her studies at Louisiana State University in the fall. The scholarship was started in 2010 by longtime Carroll Hospital Auxiliary member, Ms. Virginia Shipley Minnick, who allocated $50,000 from her estate to establish the scholarship.
- Lisa Allen, Kimberly Bowers, Joy Goodie and Nisa Wilhelm each received $2,000 as recipients of the Harold Glen and Audrey G. Benson Trumpower Employee Education Fund. The fund provides support to individuals to cover expenses toward higher education, professional certifications, educational training and conferences.
“We are honored to offer these scholarships to such deserving students,” said Brenda Frazier, vice president of development at Carroll Hospital. “We welcome any opportunity to support others in pursuing higher education and ultimately helping to bring about positive changes in the community.”
Photo: Students awarded scholarships by the Carroll Hospital Foundation. From left to right are Joy Goodie, Elizabeth Leary, Olivea Miserandino, Sweta Kantesaria, Skyla Bollinger and Kimberly Bowers