Jack McDuffie Special to the Journal
August 30, 2013
DUBLIN — In a Wednesday ceremony at Bladen Community College, Mac Campbell of Bladen We Care announced a new endowed scholarship that will benefit graduates of the Bladen Community College associate degree Nursing Program who are accepted in the bachelor of science in Nursing Bridge Program at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Other associate degree nurses residing in Bladen County will also be eligible to apply for the scholarship.
In announcing the scholarship, Campbell said that the new endowment is sponsored by Bladen We Care and will be administered by UNCP. A review committee made up of officials from UNCP and BCC will make recommendations of possible recipients for the scholarship. He pointed out that the initiative is a partnership between Bladen We Care, Bladen Community College, and The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He also emphasized that a primary purpose of the scholarship is to enhance the availability of quality medical care in Bladen County.
Among the eligibility criteria for the scholarship is a stipulation that any individual considered for the scholarship must commit to work in Bladen County for at least two years following completion of the degree program..
He announced that the scholarship would be called the Bladen We Care/Ann C. Nye Endowed Scholarship in honor of Nye’s many contributions to the organization throughout its nearly 25-year history.
In accepting the endowment from Campbell, UNCP Vice Chancellor for Advancement Wendy Lowery thanked Bladen We Care for providing the scholarship and pointed out that the initiative is an excellent example of how such collaboration can benefit both the university and Bladen Community College.
BCC President William Findt said that the new scholarship can be very beneficial to BCC associate degree nursing graduates and can be an incentive for them to enroll in the Bachelor of Nursing Bridge Program at UNCP.
“The college is most appreciative of Bladen We Care’s second endowed scholarship in two years for our students in the allied health programs,” said Findt.
Since its inception 25 years ago, Bladen We Care has focused on assisting Bladen County residents and programs. In announcing the scholarship, Campbell emphasized that throughout its history, the organization has stood by that founding principle to provide assistance to Bladen residents. Much of that assistance has been in the form of direct assistance to families in financial crisis because of medical issues.
In announcing the naming of the scholarship in honor of Nye, Campbell praised her for her tireless contributions over the years to make Bladen We Care a success.