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Erica Yang, a nursing student at Case Western Reserve University, is the winner of the Heartfelt Dreams Foundation’s 2022 Academic Nursing Scholarship to support her career advancement in cardiac care.

Yang, a Planet, Texas native, was awarded $5,000 toward her nursing studies for the next academic year after being selected from a field of over 250 applicants.

She expects to graduate from Case Western Reserve University in May 2023 and continue her career in cardiac nursing. Yang is currently a Patient Care Nursing Assistant at Cleveland Clinic and gained nursing experience at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Duke University Hospital.

Heartfelt Dreams Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the treatment experience for congenital heart defect (CHD) patients and their families. They selected Yang’s application based on her philosophy of being a life-long learner who wants to further educate and better treat patients with cardiovascular disorders.

“We are ecstatic to award Erica with our 2022 Academic Nursing Scholarship and hope it can support her path toward becoming a cardiovascular nurse who will bring positive impact to patients,” says Eric Ankerud, CEO, President, and Co-Founder of Heartfelt Dreams Foundation. “Erica stood out because of her emphasis on better educating patients about congenital heart defects and always providing empathy in care. We believe that Erica will not only provide quality care for CHD patients, but up-level the overall care of cardiac patients wherever she goes next in her nursing career.”

Since 2019, the Heartfelt Dreams Foundation has awarded an annual scholarship to a hospital-based cardiac care nurse or a nursing student pursuing a career in cardiac care through a competitive application process.

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“I am incredibly honored to have been selected as this year’s scholarship recipient,” says Yang. “Thank you, Heartfelt Dreams Foundation, for your generosity, this scholarship will enable me to further my career in more ways than I can express, and I am beyond grateful for the support and token of faith.

Renee Hewitt
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