The Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation recently awarded five scholarships to, Bonnie Brown, Caitlin Carl, Elizabeth Schilling, Eunka Tobia, and Nicole Weiss for the 2018 Spring semester.

Bonnie Brown, Caitlin Carl, and Elizabeth Schilling each received a $1,000 scholarship to pursue a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree. The scholarship is available to Pullman Regional Hospital registered nurses enrolled in an accredited B.S.N. program who have been employed at the hospital for at least one year and work a minimum of twenty hours a week.

Seven years ago, Bonnie Brown was enjoying her career as a paramedic and firefighter. When she took a position at Pullman Regional Hospital as a nursing assistant, according to Brown, “it changed everything.” Working in the BirthPlace, she became a registered nurse as her love for helping out with labor and delivery grew. “This is the exact place I belong,” shared Brown in her scholarship application. She is pursuing her B.S.N. to “be the best nurse I can be, right here at Pullman Regional Hospital.”

“I have a passion for nursing and for working at this hospital,” stated Caitlin Carl in her scholarship application. Carl is a registered nurse working in the medical surgical unit. She started her 8-year career with Pullman Regional Hospital as a certified nursing assistant; two years in, she became a registered nurse. Words like “impressive,” “natural leader,” and “kind” were used to describe her character in a letter of recommendation for the scholarship.

Elizabeth Schilling is pursuing her B.S.N. as the next step in her educational goal of earning a leadership position in nursing. After three years at Pullman Regional Hospital, Schilling is a recent addition to the Care Coordination Department. Her work as a utilization management nurse is recognized as a “great asset” to her department and the hospital by her supervisor.

Washington State University College of Pharmacy student, Eunka Tobia is the 2018 Fall semester recipient of the Bill Gaskins Pharmacy Scholarship. The $2,500 scholarship is awarded to eligible applicants seeking to practice pharmacy in a rural environment or provide services to underserved populations. Funds may be used to assist with tuition, fees, books, travel and living expenses.

An immigrant from Egypt, Eunka seeks to serve the Yakima, WA area promoting heart health through community outreach. Her career goals include establishing an annual community event focused on healthy lifestyles to increase life expectancy and decrease hospitalization.

Nicole Weiss received the Pullman Regional Hospital Staff Education Scholarship, which provides $2,500 to employees seeking to improve their skills and advance their education and healthcare career to benefit the patients of Pullman Regional Hospital. The scholarship is available to any employee who has been employed at the hospital for at least one year and works a minimum of twenty hours a week. Awarded funds may be used for tuition, books and school expenses.

After thirteen years of providing nursing care to Pullman Regional Hospital patients, Nicole Weiss continues to strive for ways to give back through her service. She intends to use scholarship funds toward an advanced nursing practice degree. “An expanded education leads to better evidence-based practices for our patients,” Weiss wrote in her application. “I feel better able to advocate for the type of care and options that are best for patients I serve.”

The Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation’s Governance Committee reviews and awards scholarships twice a year. Applicants are eligible to receive one Staff Education scholarship a lifetime, but may additionally apply for and receive a BSN Scholarship through the BSN Scholarship program.

Applications for 2019 Spring scholarships will be available through Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation in October of 2018.

Contact: Alison Weigley, Assistant Director of Development, Marketing & Major Gifts 

Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation 


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