SHERIDAN – During the Franciscan Health Auxiliary Lafayette's annual membership meeting, Auxiliary member Joyce Dost announced Carrie DeStefano, Schanna Lawinger, Kenosha Payne and Kyla Simmons as the recipients of the Franciscan Health Auxiliary Lafayette scholarships.
Established in 1968, funding for the scholarship came from the Washburn Health Careers Fund, which was created in honor of Mary B. Washburn, a long-time volunteer of the Lafayette Auxiliary, as well as other sources and activities. To qualify for the scholarship, one must be a student at the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, within one calendar year of graduation, have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Funding from the scholarship comes from a variety of activities and sales sponsored by the Auxiliary, as well as donations from Auxiliary members and the community.
DeStefano is from Sheridan. She is currently pursuing a bachelor of science degree in nursing with an expected graduation date of July 2018. Her ideal job after graduation would be to work in an Intensive Care Unit or Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. DeStefano was inspired to become a nurse after a hospital stay as a child. She received exceptional care and knew she too wanted to take care of others.
St. Elizabeth School of Nursing offers a diploma - bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) cooperative nursing program in collaboration with the University of Saint Francis, with a curriculum that prepares graduates to become eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN).
After passing the national licensing examination, St. Elizabeth School of Nursing graduates may practice as registered nurses. For more information on the St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, please call (765) 423-6400 or visit