Atlantic General Hospital/Health System now Accepting Applications for the James G. and Nancy W. Barrett Scholarship Program

03-31-2006
Berlin – Atlantic General Hospital announced this week that applications for the James G. and Nancy W. Barrett Scholarship Program will be available April 10. The scholarship program provides selected nursing students with full payment of tuition and books, health care benefits and flexible work schedules.

Upon completion of their degree program and after passing the appropriate state licensure exams, scholarship recipients are required to work full-time at Atlantic General Hospital/Health System for one year for each year in the scholarship program.

The scholarship program is named in honor of James G. and Nancy W. Barrett in recognition of the significant contributions the Barrett family has made to the hospital. James G. Barrett died in 2004 while serving as Chairman of the Atlantic General Hospital Board of Directors.

The scholarship program was created in 2000 to address workforce shortages within the healthcare industry. In 2005, the Nursing Scholarship Program graduated six students and is anticipating the May 2006 graduation of an additional seven nurses.

While participating in the program, nursing students are required to work twelve hours per week at Atlantic General Hospital/Health System and maintain full-time status in their academic program.

Scholarships are available to students enrolled in local community colleges, including Wor-Wic Community College and Delaware Technical Community College, and to Salisbury University juniors and seniors pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Students enrolled in Salisbury University’s “Fast Track” Bachelor of Science in Nursing program are also eligible for the scholarship.

The program is supported by many local businesses and organizations, including Taylor Bank, the Ocean City Lions Club, the Lower Shore Workforce Alliance, the Atlantic General Hospital Junior Auxiliary Group and the Atlantic General Hospital Medical Staff.

“Supporting the program was an easy decision for us,” said John Roeder, Incoming President of the Ocean City Lions Club, which has given to the scholarship program since its inception. “Good nursing is critical to the health of our community.”

“This program allows us to support prospective students in Worcester County, something that is very important to the organization. And, we feel that, through the scholarship program at Atlantic General Hospital, there is a very high likelihood that they will remain as professionals in Worcester County.”

For more information or to request an application, please e-mail Alice Kalinowski at akalinowski@atlanticgeneral.org, indicating “Scholarship Application” in the subject line. Please include your name, mailing address, telephone number and the degree you are interested in or currently pursuing. Applications can also be requested by calling (410) 641-9612. Completed applications must be returned to Atlantic General Hospital by May 5, 2006.
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