Johnson & Johnson Awards Nursing Scholarships at York

Johnson & Johnson’s Campaign for Nursing’s Future recently invested in the future of five students at York College, CUNY.

The students, who each received the modest scholarships, were delighted with the 130 year-old company’s confidence in their prospects as future professionals in the field of nursing.

“It is truly a great honor to be selected as a recipient of this award,” said Solange Wilson, a second-year nursing student “With this financial assistance I can afford to go through this academic year with less financial strain. I will do my best to maintain the qualifications of this scholarship. I really appreciate the generosity.”

 The criterion makes York a perfect place for such a scholarship, given its location in a most diverse urban hub; and Med-Murielle Pierre is pleased.

“I am majoring in nursing with the hope of becoming a nurse anesthetist,” said Pierre, in her “thank you” letter to the company. “Your financial assistance will help me pay for my educational expenses, and help bring me one step closer to accomplishing my goal. Thank you for decreasing my financial burden and allowing me to concentrate on my education.”

 Gentjan Hasanaj also expressed gratitude not just for himself, but for the many, who will benefit from his success.

 “This scholarship will help generations of future professional registered nurses who will continue to promote health awareness,” said Hasanaj. “Thank you for your efforts to help students, like me, who are in financial need as we attend nursing school. By selecting me for this scholarship you have lightened my financial burden which will enable me to focus more on school.”

 For Donnika Clarke, who plans to do graduate studies after earning the BSN at York, the scholarship is a great stepping stone.

 “This scholarship will help offset my tuition and expensive nursing textbooks,” she said. “After graduation I plan to continue my education by studying to become a family nurse practitioner. Thanks to your scholarship I will spend less time worrying about education expenses and more on finishing the task at hand. In the future, I hope to follow in your footsteps and develop a nursing scholarship of my own.”

 Second-year nursing student Stefany Nijman promises that the scholarship she received will be a gift that keeps on giving.

“[Their] generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community,” she explained. “I hope that I will be able to help students achieve their goal just as you have helped me. Thank you again for your generosity and support.”

The students are not the only ones expressing gratitude.

“I am delighted that Johnson & Johnson’s Campaign for Nursing’s Future has made this donation to our nursing scholars,” said Dr. Marcia V. Keizs, president of York College. “The company’s forward-thinking effort to add diversity to the field as the baby boom generation ages, is commendable.