November 21, 2003

Latino Nursing Students Receive Scholarships

BRAVO Foundation Helps Students Accomplish Their Dreams

Chula Vista—As a child, Shady Villalobos loved to play nurse. As an adult, the Southwestern College (SWC) student is well on her way to accomplishing her dream, a job made easier thanks to a nursing scholarship she recently received from the BRAVO Foundation.

“It’s going to help me a lot,” said Villalobos, a second-year nursing student finishing the first semester of the Licensed Vocational Nursing (LVN) program at Southwestern College. “Studying is expensive for my budget,” added Villalobos, who is also a part-time medical receptionist whose salary helps support her parents.

Villalobos and seven other SWC nursing students recently received $5,000 in BRAVO Foundation scholarships in amounts raging from $500 to $1,000. The scholarships will greatly help the SWC students, especially during these budget-challenging times.

“These scholarships are a great help for our students,” said Anita Holt, nursing professor in the School of Technology and Human Services at Southwestern College.

For the past year and a half, the BRAVO Foundation has provided nursing scholarships to SWC nursing students in the LVN and Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) programs. The goal of the scholarships is to assist Latino nursing students in meeting their financial obligations, enabling them to decrease work hours and help them succeed in meeting the strict nursing program requirements.

“Students will be able to spend more time in the lab and be better prepared for the board exam,” added Holt, who congratulated all scholarship recipients.

The fall 2003 SWC nursing scholarships went to Villalobos, Claudia Flores-Alejandre, Alicia Sigler, Gina Camberos, Sara Covarrubias, Katya Flores, Irma Sucel Orozco, and Alicia Pérez. To qualify for the scholarships, students had to demonstrate financial need, write a personal statement, and submit letters of recommendation.

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