Seven nursing students studying at the University of Central Arkansas were recently selected as scholarship recipients for the 2019-20 academic year.

In addition to the seven, six others were also chosen for department excellence awards.

Scholarship recipients:

The Ashcraft Nursing Scholarship recipient was Suleima Gomez, of Belleville. This scholarship is for current UCA BSN (bachelor of science in nursing) Level III students from an underrepresented minority – racial, ethnic, and/or gender – in good academic standing. Unlicensed or articulating LPN (licensed practical nurse) student applicants must be enrolled full time in the nursing curriculum. RN (registered nurse) to BSN student applicants must be enrolled in six or more hours in the nursing curriculum. The Crystal V. Crawford Nursing Scholarship recipient was Emma French, of Vilonia. This scholarship endowment was established by Chris and Kim Fowler in honor of their daughter, Crystal Crawford, for the purpose of providing scholarship aid to nursing students at UCA. Female students who will be Level III nursing students in the next academic year are eligible for the scholarship. Students who earn a 3.0 GPA during their Level III year and are in good standing in the school of nursing may reapply for the scholarship. The Clara M. Forsberg Nursing Scholarship recipient was Madison Pierce, of Jonesboro. This scholarship endowment was established by the estate of Carl and Mrs. Clara Forsberg. Clara was a faculty member in the school of nursing when the program was first established.

“[Clara] was a woman of high professional standards and expected her students to exemplify those standards,” a UCA news release reads. “The scholarship is for a junior or senior nursing student who is enrolled full time in required nursing courses, in good academic standing and who demonstrates high professional standards.”

The Suzanne Harvey Graduate Nursing Scholarship recipient was Haley Hooper, of Conway. This scholarship endowment was established by Suzanne Harvey’s husband, David Harvey, and the family in her memory. She was a graduate of UCA’s first nurse practitioner class and practiced for a number of years as a nurse practitioner before her death. The Linda Vail Holbert Scholarship recipient was Amelia Wright, of Greenbrier. The scholarship is for a junior or senior nursing student enrolled full time in required nursing courses and in good academic standing.

“In addition, it recognizes nursing students who demonstrate high professional standards, meaningful engagement in learning activities and quality nursing care,” the release states.

The Lauretta Koenigseder Nursing Scholarship recipient was Lauren Trickey, of Conway. The scholarship is for a junior or senior nursing student who is enrolled full time in required nursing courses, in good academic standing and who demonstrates quality nursing care and professionalism. The Betty Martin Nursing Scholarship recipient was Savannah Riddell, of Conway. The scholarship was established in memory of Betty Martin, who was chair of the UCA School of Nursing for several years. The scholarship is for a junior or senior nursing student who is enrolled full time in required nursing courses, in good academic standing and demonstrates high academic and professional standards.

The excellence award recipients:

The Undergraduate Clinical Excellence Award is given to a level III and a level IV nursing student who demonstrates exceptional clinical performance. Jeremy Duncan, of Quitman, is the 2019 Level III recipient and Ashley Mezel, of Sherwood, is the 2019 Level IV recipient. The Undergraduate Academic Excellence Award is presented annually to the senior nursing student with the highest cumulative GPA and went to Sara Chavis-Howard and Rachel Basham, both of Maumelle. The Outstanding Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Student Award is presented every year to the DNP student who faculty and other awards committee members believe has assumed various leadership roles and demonstrates the greatest potential for becoming a leader within professional nursing. This year’s award went to Sarah Williams, of Benton. The Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award went to Kaitlin Johnson, of Bryant. The recognition is awarded to the senior nursing student who faculty and other seniors believe has assumed leadership roles and demonstrates the greatest potential for becoming a leader within professional nursing.