Crown Point Health Suites announces nursing scholarships for South Plains College students

Three South Plains College nursing students received scholarships from Crown Point Health Suites, in conjunction with the South Plains College Foundation, Crown Point announced this week.

 

The Crown Point Health Suites Excellence in Nursing Impact Scholarships, which support vocational nurse education at the college, were awarded Wednesday at Crown Point Health Suites, 6640 Iola Ave., according to a news release from the nursing home.

This year’s recipients are Brooke Mino, Christy Abigide, and William Smith, all of Lubbock. Mino and Abigide are completing the South Plains Licensed Vocational Nursing program while Smith is an incoming freshman.

Terri Jewell Ruble, a registered nurse and Crown Point co-founder, in the news release said her family has been committed to nursing since her grandmother, Ida Mae Jewell, opened Lubbock’s second nursing home in 1959.

“We know the difference a nurse makes in the lives of patients,” she said.

The scholarships, which are in their second year, will be awarded annually, according to Crown Point.

One scholarship is awarded to an incoming SPC freshman who is a graduate of the Lubbock Independent School District’s Health Science course of study in the medical magnet program at the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center. The other two will be awarded to currently enrolled students in the SPC Licensed Vocational Nursing Program.

Mino, who wants to be a pediatric nurse, said, “It was shocking, surprising and will really help more than they know it will.”

Abigide wants to be a nurse at Crown Point, where she previously worked as an aide.

“It means a lot to me,” she said. “I was not expecting this. I was really surprised and I was so happy.”

Smith, who wants to get his RN and maybe become a nurse anesthetist, said, “It’s amazing. My wife and I got married last year and we have a child and it’s a struggle financially. I want to get through program and create a good life,” he said.

Stephen John, SPC’s vice president for institutional advancement, said this is the second year Crown Point has provided scholarships for nursing students at SPC’s Reese Center location.

“What we find with nursing students, the primary reason they leave the program is financial challenges they are facing,” he said. “Any assistance provided – especially for exceptional students and those facing financial challenges – is very important for SPC students. It’s an intensive program and students have little time to find employment.”

Crown Point’s director of nursing and all its assistant directors of nursing are SPC graduates.

 

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