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Novant Health awards 20 scholarships to aspiring nurses with financial need


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ― Novant Health awarded 20 remarkable men and women the Novant Health Upward Mobility RN Scholarship, which supports team members who aspire to be registered nurses (RNs) and are experiencing financial hardship. Recipients of the scholarship are located in both Winston-Salem and Charlotte.

 “At Novant Health, we understand the health of our communities can be compromised as a result of inequity in opportunities, including access to education, jobs and quality health care,” said Janet Smith-Hill, executive vice president and chief human resources officer, Novant Health. “Our business is the care of all people, and that starts within our own organization with our team members. It was important for us to help our own team members overcome traditional barriers and support their professional growth and career goals. This investment also creates a talent pipeline for our business – a true win-win proposition.”  

 Through the Upward Mobility RN Scholarship program, Novant Health team members received up to two years of up-front coverage of tuition and fees for the accredited nursing program leading to licensure as a registered nurse; flexibility of working a reduced schedule without a reduction in current compensation and benefits to increase available time to meet academic requirements; and access to mentorship and career coaching.

 “As a mom of two young children and as a wife, it’s extremely difficult to go to school full time, work part time and juggle everything altogether,” said recipient Beatrice Plowman, a certified nursing assistant on the surgical wing at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center. “This scholarship will help me not worry about tuition and work, but will truly help me focus on school work. I look forward to graduating in December.”

 The following team members were named 2019 Novant Health Upward Mobility RN Scholarship recipients:

  • Amber Reed, certified nursing assistant
  • Auturo Williams , medical unit receptionist/certified nursing assistant, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
  • Beatrice Plowman, certified nursing assistant, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Brittany Reed, licensed practical nurse clinical lead, Novant Health Presbyterian Internal Medicine
  • Cheri Perkins, certified nursing assistant, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Ela Seferovic, certified nursing assistant, Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center
  • Heather Jones, certified nursing assistant, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
  • Jayne Ann Bowman, certified nursing assistant, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
  • Justin Collins, certified nursing assistant/emergency department tech, Novant Health Clemmons Medical Center
  • Karin Shelton, certified nursing assistant, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
  • Kendria Michelle Johnson, certified nursing assistant, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
  • Marci Caceres, certified medical assistant, Novant Health Urogynecology
  • Marquishon Storay-Allen, psych tech, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Morgan Grendahl, certified nursing assistant, Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center
  • Phierica Daosha Gardin, certified nursing assistant, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
  • Seynabou Seck, certified nursing assistant, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
  • ShaMal Alvin Brown, certified nursing assistant, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center
  • Shanika Mayweather, patient access specialist
  • Sarah Agner, psych tech, Novant Health Rowan Medical Center
  • Wendy Smith, certified nursing assistant, Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center
Formerly the CNA-to-RN Scholarship Program in Charlotte, the initiative has been expanded and renamed to encourage any team member who is currently enrolled in an accredited North Carolina community college nursing program and experiencing financial hardship to apply.
Posted on Wednesday, August 07, 2019
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