DeSales Nursing Student, Elizabeth Pfister '07, Awarded AICUP McLean Scholarship
Elizabeth Pfister, a junior nursing student at DeSales, is the recipient of a $2,500 McLean Scholarship for Nursing or Physician Assistant Majors. The McLean Scholarship is provided through the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP) by the McLean Contributionship, which established an endowment in 1998. Pfister, of Shippensburg, Pa., is one of seven Pennsylvania students to receive a McLean Scholarship this year.
"Liz Pfister is truly an exceptional student in any major and an absolutely superb student in the nursing major," said Dr., Kerry Cheever, chairperson and associate professor in the department of nursing and health at DeSales. "I know that Liz will make a mark in the profession of nursing and make a difference in the lives of all patients that she will touch in the future."
"As a nursing major, I have discovered a real and burning love for making a difference in people's lives through caring and healing. Moreover, I have tapped a profound desire to come closer to humanity and an understanding of it," said Pfister, whose future plans include working for the World Health Organization. "This scholarship, in addition to being an enormous help with financial aid, is also a motivation and affirmation of my desire to heal and understand the human person."
One nursing major and one physician assistant major can apply from DeSales. However, only one application is chosen to represent the school in the scholarship's competition. The nursing faculty selected Pfister to apply for the scholarship. According to Cheever, the selection of Pfister speaks well to her exceptional abilities.
"Candidates for this scholarship are usually going into their senior year. Although only a junior, Liz is poised, confident and very intelligent. She is very goal oriented, goal directed and a team player," said Cheever. "She relates well to faculty, students and everyone with whom she interfaces. I feel she is one of the finest students I have taught here or at any other program."
To qualify for the scholarship competition, students must be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a nursing or physician assistant program at one of AICUP's 83 member institutions and have at least a 3.0 grade point average. Candidates are usually entering their senior level of study and have distinguished themselves as campus leaders and community volunteers. Each school can submit one application for the scholarship competition.
In addition to a completed application, Pfister submitted two letters of recommendation and a two-page essay detailing her reasons for wanting to be a nurse, her extracurricular activities and how they relate to nursing, and her future plans and how she will ensure their success in nursing.
"My ultimate goal for a career in nursing is to one day work in some capacity for the World Health Organization, particularly focusing on public health in South America," said Pfister.
In order to achieve that goal, Pfister plans to become an international travel nurse after she graduates in May 2007. After five years of practicing nursing worldwide, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in public health with a focus on global health at the University of Pittsburgh. While completing her graduate degree, she would like to work at either Children's Hospital or Magee-Women's Hospital as a trauma or emergency nurse. Upon completion of her degree in public health, she hopes to become employed with World Health Organization.
Pfister is active in numerous academic and extra-curricular activities. They include the Student Nurses Organization, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Peers Advising Counseling and Educating (PACE) team, Habitat for Humanity, and Helping Hands, a campus ministry program dedicated to aiding Project HOME in Philadelphia with hand knitted and crocheted items. She won the 2005 DeSales Academic Excellence Oration Award. Also, one weekend a month, she works as a nursing assistant at RidgeCrest Pediatric Facility in Perkasie.
Press Release: DeSales Nursing Student, Elizabeth Pfister '07, Awarded AICUP McLean Scholarship | Posted on: 8/16/2005
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