November 4, 2021
Nurses on Long Island and across the country have been widely touted as heroic frontline workers, providing essential care and saving lives. Deserving SUNY Nassau Community College Nursing Students Get Their Own A Hand Through United Way of Long Island’s DREAMS for Youth Scholarship Program; dedicated to financial aid for higher education.
Recognizing the central role and demand for nurses, United Way offered ten scholarships ($ 1,000) to students in the SUNY Nassau Nursing Program.
Almost 150 students enrolled in the program for the 2020/2021 academic year. This multi-award program includes an Associate of Science degree from Nassau Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from SUNY Empire State College. The program is also recognized by the Accreditation Commission for Nursing Education. The scholarship recipients were selected based on their academic performance and community service, as well as financial need.
The DREAMS (Determination. Achievement. Enrichment. Academics. Mission. Service.) Scholarship for young people seeks to help students pursue higher education. It benefits individuals and the region, helping to pave the way for every beneficiary.
“DREAMS for Youth scholarships are an integral part of our mission,” said Theresa A. Regnante, President and CEO of United Way of Long Island. “Nurses play such an important role in the quality of health care and we are pleased to help advance their education as they embark on this essential profession.
“Community colleges are a critical entry point to higher education and a bridge to fulfill the dreams of so many students,” said Dr Jermaine F. Williams, President of SUNY Nassau Community College. “At a time when careers in healthcare are needed more than ever before, we are very grateful to United Way of Long Island for their scholarship contribution which will provide our nursing students at SUNY Nassau with the opportunity. to advance their university career ”.
SUNY Nassau Community College is the largest single-campus community college at the State University of New York (SUNY), making it a crucial source of education and advancement in many professions, including nursing care. All of those selected for the Nursing Scholarship excel in their studies and many balance their education with many other demands in their life.
“Being a mom and going to school presented challenges that I didn’t even consider, like finding daycare,” said Fellow Latoya Washington. “With this DREAMS scholarship, I can allocate resources to reduce the costs of the university.” She said the scholarship can allow her to “focus more on my studies” because it brings “less financial burden”.
For the 2021/2022 academic year, United Way of Long Island awarded 59 scholarships to students from Nassau and Suffolk counties. For more information on United Way scholarship programs, visit www.unitedwayli.org/scholarships.
This press release was produced by Nassau Community College. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.