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RCC nursing student wins Rotary scholarship

At a breakfast meeting of the Middlesex County Rotary Club, RCC nursing student Marie Foster (standing, right at front) was formally awarded the club’s Charles S. Ylonen Memorial Rotary Scholarship in Nursing. RCC’s dean of college advancement, Cherie Carl (left at front), was present in her capacity of director of the college’s educational foundation.

Rappahannock Community College second-year nursing student Marie Foster has recently been chosen to receive the Charles S. Ylonen Memorial Rotary Scholarship in Nursing. This scholarship, which is administered by RCC’s Educational Foundation, was set up in 2007 as “The Rotary Club of Middlesex County Nursing Scholarship,” and was renamed after the death of a leading member of the club. Its annual award of $5,000 is available to a first-year or second-year student of the associate-degree nursing program who maintains a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 or better, and who lives in or h as strong ties to Middlesex County.

Though she has recently moved to Gloucester County, Foster grew up in Middlesex and her family still lives there. In expressing her appreciation, she told the Rotary Club that the award will allow her “to concentrate on what is important for me: education. Your financial generosity has allowed me to be one step closer to my goal, and has inspired me to help others by giving back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help other students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.”

After earning her associate degree, Foster plans to seek employment at one of the area hospitals, with the hope of establishing a career as a labor and delivery nurse.

posted 10.22.2014

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