Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Awards Annual Nursing Scholarships

Mary Ella Ruff Scholarship

Members of the Mary Ella Ruff Nursing Scholarship committee pose with 2018 scholarship recipients. Pictured from left: Dr. Travis Stevenson, Kimberly Jessica Albert, Mary Ella Ruff, Allison Whitman Sullivan, Brianna Lashae Haddon, and Dr. John Eichelberger.

The Self Regional Healthcare Foundation hosted its annual nursing scholarship luncheon in June and awarded 8 scholarships for a combined amount of $8,000.

The recipients for the 2018 Mary Ella Ruff scholarships are Kimberly Jessica Albert – of Winnsboro, SC, Cady Margaret Collins – of Greenwood, SC, Brianna Lashae Haddon – of Abbeville, SC, Allison Whitman Sullivan – of Honea Path, SC and Erin Reid Young – of Ninety Six, SC.

The Mary Ella Ruff Nursing scholarship was established in honor of one of Self Regional Healthcare’s most dedicated and

influential nurses, Mary Ella Ruff, who retired in 1978 after 35 years of service. This scholarship is awarded to persons enrolled in a certified nursing program in the state of South Carolina, or to practicing nurses who are advancing their professional skills. The total amount distributed for the Mary Ella Ruff Nursing Scholarship this year was $5,000 with each winner receiving $1,000.

Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Scholarship

Members of the Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Nursing Scholarship committees pose with 2018 scholarship recipients. Pictured from left: Dr. John Paguntalan, Kaye Brock, Alexis Kaitlyn Ricard, Cynthia Naomi Gatchell, Linda Russell-Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer, and Sharon Walb-Assistant Vice President Director of Nursing.

The recipients for the 2018 Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Nursing scholarship are Cynthia Naomi Gatchell and Alexis Kaitlyn Ricard – both of Greenwood, and Michael Keshon Jones – of Johnston.

Since 2005, the Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Nursing Scholarship has been awarded to deserving students who wish to spend their careers at Self Regional Healthcare after completing nursing programs at Lander University or Piedmont

Technical College. In 2013, an extension of the Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Nursing Scholarship was created to award a critical care nurse at Self Regional with a scholarship to help fund attendance to the annual NTI Critical Care Conference. The total amount distributed for the Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Nursing scholarship this year was $3,000 with each winner receiving $1,000.

The Self Regional Healthcare Foundation’s scholarship program is built on community campaigns and fundraising that ensure qualified and talented individuals have the opportunity to pursue a career in healthcare.