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Wesley Medical Center Endows Scholarship to School of Nursing PDF Print E-mail
Monday, January 11, 2010
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Students in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Nursing will receive academic assistance for years to come courtesy of a $50,000 scholarship endowment established by Wesley Medical Center of Hattiesburg.

Southern Miss nursing students Lauren Harger and James Hale have already benefitted from the scholarship as each received $1,000 to be used during the 2009-10 school year. Hale, a Raleigh, Miss. native graduated in December, while Harger, of Moss Point, Miss. is scheduled to graduate this spring.

Ron Seal, chief executive officer at Wesley Medical Center, views the permanent scholarship endowment as an investment that will reap significant dividends.

“Wesley Medical Center believes in reinvesting in the communities in which we serve,” said Seal. “There is no better way to see a return on that investment than through scholarships for nurses.

“We know how valuable nurses are to our patients and our hope is that those students who benefit through these scholarships will choose to serve patients here in the Pine Belt area.”

Scholarship recipients for the 2010-2011 academic year will be chosen in September. The amount of financial assistance distributed to students during that period will be determined by the School of Nursing.

“The School of Nursing faculty and students appreciate the partnership that we have with Wesley in providing clinical experiences to educate our students,” said Dr. Katherine Nugent, director of the School of Nursing at Southern Miss. “It is an added blessing that Wesley also provides a scholarship that will ease the financial burden of achieving a college degree that will enable the recipients to practicing nursing.”

For more information about the Southern Miss School of Nursing call 601-266-5445; or online, visit

Wesley Medical Center recently endowed a $50,000 scholarship to the School of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi. Pictured from left to right: Travis Sisson, chief operating officer at Wesley Medical; Southern Miss student James Hale; Southern Miss student Lauren Harger; Andrea Brenn, chief nursing officer at Wesley Medical; Dr. Katherine Nugent, director of the Southern Miss School of Nursing; and Dr. Mike Forster, Dean of the College of Health at Southern Miss. (Submitted photo)

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