CHHS Nursing Students Receive Health Care Heroes Scholarship Awards

On Saturday, Nov. 21, CHHS nursing students, Kristina McCarty and Jessica Brown received $500 scholarship awards at the 2015 Health Care Heroes ceremony in downtown Wilmington.

The Greater Wilmington Business Journal hosts the Health Care Heroes awards program yearly, recognizing individuals and organizations that a make a substantial impact on the quality of health in Wilmington.

Recipients of the award had to submit a personal statement that focused on their interest in leadership in their field of study and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member, addressing their rising star status.

"I hope to one day be able to show the love and dedication to my community that some of the winners of that night have done," McCarty said."I look up to them and admire them for their service.

"It was a very prestigious event," Brown said, "and it was an honor to be recognized among so many health care providers who have made such an impact on this community through their work!"

Kristina McCarty bio picKristina McCarty grew up in Stoneville, N.C. Originally, she thought she wanted to become an MD, but in her second semester at UNCW, she decided to give nursing a shot because of a deep-rooted love and compassion for helping people. McCarty is a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority, Epsilon Phi Chapter on campus, as well as Sigma Theta Tau International. She was also honored this year with the WILMA Women to Watch scholarship. Currently, McCarty is an optometric technician at Catino Eye Care Center in Porters Neck. She will graduate in May with a bachelor's degree in nursing. In addition, she will have the honor of helping teach the new cohort of nursing students in the spring semester by being a lab assistant in the nursing fundamentals course. If you would like to read McCarty's personal statement, click here (PDF).

Jessica Brown bio picJessica Brown grew up in Asheville, N.C., and from a young age she knew she wanted to be a nurse. She will graduate with honors on Dec. 12 with her bachelor's degree in nursing and a minor in psychology. Brown is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and the Association of Nursing Students and is the current president of the American Assembly of Men in Nursing. She loves everything about the outdoors and the mountains and will return to Asheville after graduation where she has been offered a position at Mission Hospital. If you would like to read Brown's personal statement, click here (PDF).