Erica Yang Wins Heartfelt Dreams Foundation’s 2022 Academic Nursing Scholarship 

Erica Yang Wins Heartfelt Dreams Foundation’s 2022 Academic Nursing Scholarship 

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.

“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.

University of Alabama in Huntsville Nursing Alumna Endows Scholarship in Her Name

University of Alabama in Huntsville Nursing Alumna Endows Scholarship in Her Name

The family of Edith Ivey, an alumna of the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) College of Nursing, has endowed a $125,000 nursing scholarship in her name. The Edith Ivey Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate nursing student in their junior or senior year based on academic merit and financial need.

Dr. Marsha Howell Adams, dean and professor of nursing at UAH, tells UAH.edu, “The College of Nursing is so grateful to the Edie Ivey family for their generosity and support of the nursing profession through this scholarship. It demonstrates value and a true investment in the next generation of professional nurses.”

Ivey received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UAH in 1983 thanks to a scholarship she received from the Winchester Rotary Club. She attended nursing school while caring for her young children at home and working part-time at a local hospital. Following her graduation, Ivey worked at a small hospital in Winchester while her husband finished law school.

Eventually the family moved to Houston, Texas, where Ivey began working as a nurse at the Houston Medical Center, one of the largest hospitals in the country. Ivey worked at several other hospitals and healthcare organizations over the following three decades before dying unexpectedly less than two weeks before her planned retirement date.

In honor of her dedication to the nursing profession, Ivey’s family felt that a scholarship in her name was the best way to honor her. To learn more about Edith Ivey and her career in nursing, visit here.

New Scholarship Established for University of Arkansas Nursing Students

New Scholarship Established for University of Arkansas Nursing Students

The Schmieding Foundation of Springdale, Arkansas has made a $40,000 commitment to support students in the Eleanor Mann School of Nursing in the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas (U of A). Their gift will be matched with $40,000 from the Robert M. and Bonnie J. Jones Family Trust for a total endowment of $80,000.

Gilda Underwood, president of the Schmieding Foundation, felt the scholarship would be a great honor to Lawrence Schmieding, the foundation’s namesake, who understood the importance of quality caregivers for aging and ill family members. In honor of his passing away in 2009, the scholarship has been named in his memory as the Lawrence H. Schmieding Advance Arkansas Endowed Scholarship in Nursing.

Underwood tells News.UArk.edu, “Our hope is that this scholarship helps a nursing student not have to worry about holding a part-time job. We want to help them reduce their loan debt and focus on being the best in their field…A nursing student has a giving heart and will be serving the community for a long time. We indicated a preference for local students so they will hopefully remain in Northwest Arkansas and give back to their community.”

The scholarship will specifically benefit nursing students from Washington and Benton Counties who have completed their freshman and sophomore years as full-time students at U of A. Students who exhibit financial need, have records of academic success, and demonstrate a strong desire to complete their degree at the university will be eligible for the scholarship.

To learn more about the Lawrence H. Schmieding Advance Arkansas Endowed Scholarship in Nursing available to University of Arkansas nursing students, visit here.