Recently, the Florida Health Care Association awarded $15,250 in Bruce Taylor and Career Climb Scholarships to incredibly driven and passionate long term caregivers who aspire to continue their education, thereby enhancing the quality care and services their residents receive. Granted through the Florida Health Care Education and Development Foundation, these scholarships are in place to support those exceptional individuals working in FHCA’s member centers as they further their careers within the long term care field.
Florida Health Care Association is pleased to recognize the following recent recipients with these awards:
Bruce Taylor Scholarship Recipients
Diana Aguilar, a CNA at Tampa Lakes Health & Rehabilitation, is working toward furthering her education at Erwin Technical College to achieve the rank of an LPN and, eventually, become a Registered Nurse.
Rebecca Giangrasso, an LPN and Medical Records Nurse at Parkside Health and Rehab, is studying to become an RN at Daytona State College. She aspires to get her BSN and be a travel nurse in the future.
Nathalia Green, an LPN and Staff Nurse at Longwood Health and Rehabilitation Center, attends the Cambridge Institute of Allied Health & Technology to become an RN. Her ultimate goal is to obtain the status of an ARNP or a PA.
Joseph Gonzales, a CNA at Ayers Health & Rehabilitation, is studying to be an LPN at Riveroak Technical College. He has plans to later apply for an LPN-RN bridge program at Santa Fe College and, eventually, their BSN program.
Erica Hampton, a CNA at Brynwood Health & Rehabilitation, is currently finishing up her Associate degree in Nursing. She aims to become an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner and obtain a Doctoral degree in Nursing.
Randy Hodges, a Lead Restorative Nurse, Assistant Risk Manager, Floor Nurse, and Supervisor of Valencia Hills Health and Rehabilitation, is enrolled in a Nursing LPN to RN program at Galen College of Nursing. He hopes to get his BSN and expand his role at the skilled nursing facility.
Jimmy Hope, a Clinical Nurse at Consulate Healthcare of Safety Harbor, is studying at Jersey College School of Nursing through their Professional Nursing Program. He strives to obtain his BSN, MSN, and ARNP in the future.
Pauline Mitchner, an LPN at Debary Health and Rehabilitation, is working to become an RN by attending City College Altamonte Springs. Her ultimate goal is to open a cost-friendly adult daycare center.
Lauren Montieth, an LPN at Parkside Health and Rehabilitation, is currently enrolled in the Transition RN Program at Daytona State College. She hopes to get her Bachelor’s, Master’s, and become a Nurse Practitioner.
Gabrielle Richard, an LPN at Parkside Health and Rehabilitation, is studying at Daytona State College and pursuing her ADN. She also strives to get her BSN in the future.
Gloria Rothman, an LPN and Charge Nurse at Rehabilitation and Health Care Center of Cape Coral, is currently in the Associate of Science Degree in Nursing program at Southern Technical College. Her career goal is to become a registered LTC nurse.
Wendy Smith, a Staffing Coordinator and CNA at Consulate Healthcare of Safety Harbor, is studying to become an LPN through Pinellas Technical College. Her long-term goal is to become an RN and Nurse Practitioner.
Sarah Solinsky, a CNA at Consulate Healthcare of Safety Harbor, is working toward her Associate degree with a focus in Nursing at St. Petersburg College. She plans on becoming an RN and then getting her MSN.
Crystal Stauffer, an LPN and Cart Nurse at Flager Health and Rehabilitation, is studying at Daytona State College to obtain her Associate degree in Nursing. Her goal is to continue her studies toward a BSN.
Career Climb Scholarship Recipients
Jana Davis, a Business Office Manager at Palm Garden of Clearwater, attends St. Petersburg College to accomplish a Bachelor’s in Health Care Administrator. She also intends to pursue her Master’s degree in the future.
Stephanie DeGregorio, a Human Resources Assistant at Samantha Wilson Care Center, is studying Human Resources Management at Southern New Hampshire University. Her goal is to become the director of the Human Resources Department for a long-term care facility.
Lisa Garrett, a Social Services Director at Fletcher Health & Rehabilitation Center, is enrolled at the University of South Florida and is studying Biomedical Sciences. She hopes to apply for medical school and become a physician in a long-term care facility.
These scholarships are awarded to FHCA member center employees through the Florida Health Care Education and Development Foundation, the 503c3 organization of the Florida Health Care Association. The next deadline to apply for both the Career Climb and the Bruce Taylor Scholarships is November 30, 2019. Click here to learn more about the Foundation and learn more about how to apply.