nursing students Brittany Seloom and Marissa Smith
each will receive a $1,000 scholarship to continue their
studies, while 2021 Start High School graduate Kylie Copeland
is this year’s recipient of the Frances Martínez
scholarship, which is also $1,000.
Seloom is nearly finished with her bachelor of science degree in
nursing (BSN) and carries a 3.25 GPA. She currently works as a
licensed practical nurse (LPN) while pursuing her education.
money is not everything, I want to become financially stable
through education and obtain a good job because growing up I
watched my single mom struggle. She worked as a waitress for all
her life, and it did not provide her with
that was suitable for a family,” Ms. Seloom wrote in her
Seloom’s goal is to eventually earn her master’s degree and
become a nurse practitioner, crediting her parents for giving
her the motivation and drive to pursue all her goals, whether it
was sports at a young age or higher education now.
“I want to show my love for nursing through positive
attitude, empathy, and hard work to get patients what they
deserve in the health care. Community teaching about health and
wellness is very important because nurses can educate others
about different risk factors and signs and symptoms of different
diseases. Education for me is important, but ultimately, I think
for myself to be able to pass on and educate others is so
powerful!” her essay concluded.
is pursuing a nursing degree, inspired by her mom who works as
an STNA and was never able to finish her higher education
because she raised three kids as a single parent for a time. She
also wants to use her experiences with ADHD and anxiety to help
my goals is to open my open practice under a doctor for mental
health. I have learned a lot about mental health the past few
years. I think it is very important for someone to understand
their mental health and get help if they need it,” she wrote in
her scholarship essay. “Having people there to support me and
understand my mental health has helped me a lot.”
Some of her other
goals include earning an internship in pediatric nursing, so she
can learn more about what it takes to succeed in that
profession. Ms. Smith also hopes to one day travel the world to
help others in struggling countries on relief missions.
fortunate need health care too. That is the most important thing
as me becoming a nurse is being that person to help anyone in
need and if someone needs something they can come to me,” she
concluded in her essay.
Ms. Smith also
uses her spare time to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity
and the TRIO program at Lourdes University.
is attending Owens Community College, where she is
studying physical therapy. She maintained a 3.5 GPA and took
several honors courses, while also playing volleyball and
softball at Start High School. She is a first-generation college
have taught me what hard work and dedication can create,” Ms.
Copeland wrote in her scholarship essay. “I see myself coaching
many different levels of teams, also even going back to the
schools and help train and assist youth athletic programs. I
want to make Toledo great and really get our young student
athletes the chances and opportunities they should get to go
A couple of the
scholarship recipients also noted the struggles and difficulties
presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and having to resort to
online learning instead of the normal classroom setting in their
Tickets are still
available for Latino Heritage Night
at $16 each and can be
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Chasteen of LaPrensa (419.870.2797).