At pinning and graduation ceremonies on May 7th, the third class of Jewish Foundation Healthcare Nursing Scholars graduated from the Nursing School program at Yavapai College. The five graduates included: Jenna Bourque, Katherine Haas, Bethany Sidebottom, Anna Alporque, and Jennifer Beard. An additional six recipients of nursing scholarships are scheduled to graduate from the nursing program on December 16th.
Entering their perspective fields of study in August of 2014, these students spent countless hours in the classroom, on their clinical rotations, and studying their textbooks to obtain their dream of becoming a healthcare professional. Next, these new graduates will sit for their Arizona licensing examination and then will seek a position in our local healthcare industry. In the spring of 2017, the program will graduate an additional seventeen students bringing the grand total of graduates of the program to fifty-five healthcare professionals.
Of special note are the accomplishments of three of the JCF Nursing Scholars:
Jenna Bourque – at the May 7th nurses’ pinning ceremony, Jenna was awarded the Scholarship Award, an award given to the student with the highest scholastic achievements during the demanding two-year program.
Bethany Sidebottom – at the May 7th nurses’ pinning ceremony, Bethany was awarded the Spirit Award, in recognition of her positive accomplishments and attitude.
Katherine Haas – at the May 7th nurses’ pinning ceremony, Kate received the prestigious Leadership Award, given to the outstanding student of the graduating class.
When asked about the third graduating class of nursing students, JCF president, David Hess, said: “The Jewish Foundation takes great pride that these students have excelled in their studies and will now provide much needed health care services for our community. Each year I am amazed at the accomplishments of these students and this scholarship program.”