The Self Regional Healthcare Foundation hosted its annual nursing scholarship luncheon in June and awarded 7 scholarships for a combined amount of $7,000.

Mary Ella Ruff Scholarship

Members of the Mary Ella Ruff and Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Nursing Scholarship committees pose with 2017 scholarship recipients. Pictured from left: Courtney Furman-Foundation Board Chair, Ellen Rhodes-NP, Mary Ella Ruff, Faye Reighley, Amelia Pressley, Amanda Kelly, Sharon Walb-Director of Patient Care Services, Jim Pfeiffer-President and CEO, and Dr. John Paguntalan.

The recipients for the 2017 Mary Ella Ruff scholarships are Cady Margaret Collins, Lauren Ashlee Haynes, Amelia Ruth Pressley – all of Greenwood, Brianna Lashae Haddon of Abbeville, and Amanda Lanell Kelly of Ninety Six.

The Mary Ella Ruff Nursing scholarship was established in honor of one of Self Regional Healthcare’s most dedicated and influential nurses, Mary Ella Ruff, who retired in 1978 after 35 years of service. This scholarship is awarded to persons enrolled in a certified nursing program in the state of South Carolina or to practicing nurses who are advancing their professional skills. The total amount distributed for the Mary Ella Ruff Nursing Scholarship was $5,000 with each winner receiving $1,000.

The recipients for the 2017 Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Nursing scholarship are Taylor Lee Curtis of Greenwood and Amanda Lanell Kelly of Ninety Six.

Since 2005, the Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Nursing Scholarship has been awarded to deserving students who wish to spend their careers at Self Regional Healthcare after completing nursing programs at Lander University or Piedmont Technical College. In 2013, an extension of the Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Nursing Scholarship was created to award a critical care nurse at Self Regional with a scholarship to help fund attendance to the annual NTI Critical Care Conference.   The total amount distributed for the Charlotte Blackwell Memorial Nursing scholarship was $2,000 with each winner receiving $1,000.

The Self Regional Healthcare Foundation’s scholarship program is built on community campaigns and fundraising that ensures qualified and talented individuals have the opportunity to pursue a career in healthcare.

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About Self Regional Healthcare Foundation:

 Self Regional Healthcare Foundation is a 501c(3), not for profit organization (http://www.selfregionalfoundation.org/) that funds health-related programs and projects at Self Regional Healthcare (http://www.selfregional.org/), a not-for-profit, regional referral hospital that provides care to residents of Greenwood, Abbeville, Laurens, Saluda, McCormick, Edgefield and Newberry counties. Services include prevention and wellness, acute care and tertiary care services including cancer care, neurosurgery, heart and vascular surgery, NICU, orthopedics and genetics. Self Medical Group is its employed physician affiliate network of 25 practices and more than 103 physicians.