Lindsay Richard was recently awarded a 2011 Tradition of Caring nursing scholarship from Newcomer Funeral Home. She was awarded the $1,000 grant by Newcomer managing funeral director, Brenda Byrd. Byrd expressed support for the nursing community.
"Our industry has a special relationship with the nursing field and with the nation facing a nursing shortage, it seems very appropriate that we encourage our local nurses, whether they're continuing their education or just beginning it," she said.
The CJ senior has plans to attend Xavier University in the fall, where she'll work toward a degree in nursing. In an essay for the scholarship, she said she wanted to become a nurse because she enjoys learning about the human body and learning about innovative ways to aid patients.
She was chosen to receive the scholarship by a panel of local nursing professionals who were impressed by the community activities she has participated in, including two mission trips to Belize, Central America to raise money for local school girls.
The Tradition of Caring nursing scholarship was established in 1999 to encourage new and aspiring nurses in their fields of study. Since then, Newcomer funeral homes across the nation award $1,000 scholarships to qualified nursing students annually, with $13,000 awarded this year.