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Sacred Heart Guild Donates Two Nursing Scholarships


Although the Sacred Heart Hospital of the Emerald Coast has been open just one year, the volunteer Guild of Sacred Heart has already stepped forward with scholarship assistance for two OWCC nursing students.

"The guild is very excited that it was able in its first year to set up a scholarship with Okaloosa-Walton Community College," said Stewart Lyman, chairman of the scholarship committee for the volunteers who serve at the Santa Rosa Beach hospital. The hospital guild donated $2,000 to the OWCC Foundation for the scholarship awards.

According to Jane Carron, guild president, the funds raised for the donation came from the hospital gift shop proceeds, fundraisers, member dues and a generous contribution to the Sacred Heart Guild.

"Our guild is excited about the relationship established with the OWCC Foundation and staff of OWCC," said Carron. "We hope to be able to expand the number of awards we provide for students in 2004."

Selected as recipients for the Sacred Heart Guild scholarships are two freshmen nursing students, Vanessa Brannon and Christine Luthy.

Brannon, who lives in DeFuniak Springs with her husband and two-year-old daughter, also works as a mental health technician. She said Sacred Heart has a special place in her heart since her mother was in the Pensacola facility for number of months following an accident.

Luthy is a recent graduate of Crestview High School and at 19 is the youngest Registered Nursing student in the OWCC program. Always interested in a career in health care, Luthy says she chose nursing because of the interaction with patients.

OWCC Foundation President Bobbi Pennington said the foundation "welcomes the participation of the Guild at Sacred Heart in providing financial assistance to students in the OWCC nursing program." She said community contributions have enabled the OWCC Foundation to award scholarships to approximately one-third of the 90 nursing students at the college.

Pennington said the OWCC Foundation will try to help the Guild of Sacred Heart Hospital to grow its scholarship funds by seeking state matching funds. She said the donation is eligible for $1-to-$1 match under the Community College Scholarship matching program.

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