MOOREFIELD, W.Va. – Brooklyn Boyce, a student in Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College’s nursing program, has been awarded the inaugural St. George Medical Clinic Scholarship at Eastern.
Boyce, a resident of Hampshire County, said she has wanted to be a nurse since she was a young child. Her younger brother required care in a neonatal care when he was born, she explained, and she vividly remembers how nice the nurses were that helped care for her brother and that she wanted to be like them. “I’ve always loved helping people,” she said, recalling those formative memories.
The St. George Medical Clinic Scholarship was endowed by the St. George Medical Clinic, based in Tucker County. The scholarship supports students who are enrolled in a medical program at Eastern and is a $1,000 annual award that can be applied to tuition, books, and other related educational costs like scrubs, fees, and lab costs incurred as a result of enrollment at the community college.
The award is renewable for the scheduled length of the educational program as long as the recipient maintains a 2.5-grade point average and completes required volunteer services in the local community. The scholarship is managed by the Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College Foundation.
Paul Wamsley, CEO of the St. George Medical Clinic, and clinic staff members Solena Roberts, MS, PA-C, chief medical officer, Emily Ramsey, BSN-RN, director of nursing, and Melanie Callaway, RN, traveled to Eastern on Oct. 10 to meet with Boyce and make the award presentation. The group also met with Eastern’s president, Dr. Thomas Striplin, Ed.D., and the college’s director of non-profits, Robert Burns, who leads the college Foundation’s efforts.
Callaway, a Tucker County resident, is also a graduate of Eastern’s nursing program.
Boyce said learned about the St. George Medical Clinic scholarship from Eastern’s nursing director, Alicia VanMeter, and immediately wanted to apply for it. “I’m very grateful for the scholarship,” Boyce said. “The staff members [at St. George Medical Clinic] were very nice, and it seems like a great medical facility and community.”
Applications for the next St. George Medical Clinic scholarship award will be accepted next year for the Fall 2023 term. Application deadline is the first Friday in August of each year, and the application is available on Eastern’s website at https://easternwv.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/