Each year, Minority Nurse awards scholarships to three outstanding nursing students. Selecting our recipients can be quite the challenge, so this year we teamed up with the National Coalition of Ethnic Minority Nurse Associations to help us decide. And the 2014 scholarship recipients are…


Christal Leitch
Mercer University

Christal is a mother of two on top of being a full-time student. Originally graduating from a college that was not nationally accredited, she has had to start from scratch with her prerequisites. She has been a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society since 2010 and has maintained a GPA of 3.71. Her professors say she has “demonstrated an ability to rise to any challenge” and describe her as “dedicated,” “inspiring” and “compassionate.” She aspires to be a nurse anesthetist or a certified nurse midwife.


Yvonne Shih
Boston College

In addition to an outstanding academic record, Yvonne received a study grant to learn about the effects of nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals and earned a competive undergrad research fellowship to work with a professor on an NIH-funded study. She is also an active volunteer mentoring young girls and was a group leader for her school of nursing’s diversity advisory board Stand Against Racism event.

Karachi Egbuta
Roberts Wesleyan College

Karachi’s grandmother inspired her to pursue a career in health care and become a public health advocate. In addition to excelling at her university, she has co-authored an article in a peer-reviewed journal and has been an active volunteer with Montefiore Medical Center since 2006. She wants to volunteer abroad in Nigeria and hopes to become a family nurse practitioner.

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Stay tuned to learn more about these amazing individuals in a future edition of our In the Spotlight series. The staff at Minority Nurse would like to congratulate our winners and thank all of you who applied for our scholarship. We know that paying for tuition is burdensome, and we encourage you to search our scholarship database to see if you are eligible for other scholarships to help you reach your goals.

Each year, Minority Nurse offers scholarships to three outstanding individuals pursuing a career in nursing. We received an overwhelming number of applications this year and selecting our winners was no easy task! Several of our applicants had an impressive academic background as well as a dedication to community service, and we commend each of you for your compassion and stellar work ethic. Unfortunately, we could only select three winners so an outstanding GPA alone was not enough. We took into account your personal struggles as well as your devotion to your families and your communities. After much deliberation, we have chosen our 2013 winners. – See more at: http://www.mndivi.wpengine.com/blog/minority-nurse-staff/minority-nurse-sc…
And thank you to all who applied for our scholarship. To help further your own education, we encourage all of you to search our scholarship database to see if you are eligible for other scholarships. – See more at: http://www.mndivi.wpengine.com/blog/minority-nurse-staff/our-2013-scholars…
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