20Dec Ohio Nurses Association Local District Offers Annual Scholarship to Marion Tech Nursing Student by Wendy Weichenthal (Marion) During the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a critical need for nurses. In response, a professional nursing group is sponsoring a $400 annual scholarship to help a nursing student make it to graduation. Mohican District 5 of the Ohio Nurses Association, a state professional nursing group, donated $2,400 to the Marion Technical College Foundation to create this new scholarship fund. “The Mohican District 5 wanted to extend our support to future nurses in completing their education,” said Carolyn Kaple, treasurer for the group. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a senior nursing student at Marion Tech. The student must live in Ashland, Crawford, Marion, Morrow or Richland Counties. The student must be in the good standing in the nursing program, have at least a 3.0 grade point average, and submit a letter of recommendation from a nursing instructor. “This will help a talented, qualified student with financial need make it to graduation,” said Cindy Hartman, director of the nursing program at Marion Tech. “We value the support of this professional nursing group in helping our nursing students succeed.” The Marion Tech Foundation asks for scholarship applications and FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) each year by May 1 and awards the scholarships for the following fall semester. “The Mohican District 5 provided an initial donation of $2,400 to this scholarship fund and it may be supplemented by supportive members of the community,” Kaple said. This generous gift is gratefully received by the Marion Tech Foundation. “It’s a hallmark of belief in our students to support their education,” said Mike Stuckey, director of the Marion Tech Foundation. “Kaple is a past Marion Tech nursing instructor and believes in our program and our students.” Mike Stuckey, Director of the Marion Tech Foundation Openings for registered nurses are expected to grow by 9% from 2020 to 2030, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Registered nursing is the fifth most in-demand job in the American Workforce according to LinkedIn. Applications for the Marion Tech RN program accepts applications by March 1. The Marion Tech program is fully accredited with ACEN and approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing. Marion Tech offers small class sizes, hands-on learning, and annual passing rates on the national licensing exam (NCLEX) that regularly exceed state and national averages of first-time test takers. Marion Tech offers transfer programs to enable those with their RN degree to continue to receive their bachelor of science in nursing (BSN). Marion Tech nursing students are in demand by local health care agencies and offices. Marion Tech also offers advanced standing for those who are LPNs (licensed practical nurses), paramedics or military medics to become registered nurses. For more information, go to ww.mtc.edu. Students interested in applying for the scholarship should contact the Marion Tech financial aid office.