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Local Scholarships Strengthen Nursing Workforce

May 27, 2020

SARASOTA — With increased support from area foundations, the Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition announced it has more than doubled the number of nursing education scholarships it is awarding to local recipients this spring.

SNAC awarded 44 scholarships totaling $110,000 to nursing students and working nurses pursuing bachelor of science in nursing degrees and three scholarships totaling $48,000 to nurses pursuing doctoral degrees. All of the recipients live or work in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and DeSoto counties.

“Never in my 45-year nursing career has the value — and vulnerability — of nursing been so clearly brought into focus,” said Jan Mauck, who co-founded and has been leading SNAC’s advocacy efforts since retiring as chief nursing officer at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in 2016.

SNAC scholarships are administered by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Manatee Community Foundation. Other supporting foundations include: The Patterson Foundation, Burruss Foundation, Florida Blue Foundation, Lela D. Jackson Foundation, Janice S. Kelly Memorial Foundation, Rita B. Lamere Memorial Foundation, Sarah Greer Mayer Fund of the Community Foundation, Charlotte Community Foundation and CareerEdge.

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