Two local nursing students are getting some welcome assistance in reaching their career goals thanks to the Dr. Elizabeth LeBrun Nursing Scholarship at Blount Memorial.
“It’s such a blessing,” said Amy Simpson, a student in Lee University’s nursing program and one of this year’s scholarship recipients. Simpson says she has had to take out student loans in order to make her dream of becoming a nurse and helping people come true.
South College nursing student Ashley Riddle echoed Simpson’s excitement. “I wouldn’t even be able to afford nursing school if it wasn’t for Blount Memorial. I’ve taken advantage of their tuition reimbursement, and now with Dr. LeBrun’s help, I feel much more able to do what I want to do and what I feel led to do,” she said.
Retired Blount Memorial OB-GYN Dr. Elizabeth LeBrun, who started her medical career as a registered nurse, began the scholarship in 2017 to help young people who are working toward a career in nursing.
“It’s very rewarding for me,” LeBrun said. “The first scholarship student has already graduated and already has a job, so I feel very blessed to have been a part of that. I, myself, am a nurse, and I think it’s important to keep nursing education going because we always need new nurses, fresh faces and new ideas,” she added.
Riddle says her desire to become a nurse came from an experience in her own family. “It started off with a family member who passed away – that’s what awoke in me that sense of ‘I want to help.’ I wanted to be able to help him and I couldn’t, so that led to my passion for cardiac nursing,” she explained.
Simpson and Riddle each received checks for $1,250 toward their nursing education.