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Nursing graduate grateful for legion bursary

By Melanie Callahan

With her degree under her belt and a plan for the future, Sherri Power is thankful to Royal Canadian Legion Branch 13 for a bursary which made her nursing education more accessible.

Last May the fourth-year nursing student was the recipient of the inaugural Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 13 Bursary in Nursing.

At the request of the legion, the bursary was offered to an undergraduate nursing student who demonstrated a financial need and met academic requirements.

"When we discussed a bursary for the School of Nursing, we wanted to highlight two areas," said Dave Wells, president, Branch 13 Corner Brook, Royal Canadian Legion. "First, we wanted to make a difference in a student's life and ease the financial burden of post-secondary education. Second, we wanted to recognize the contributions of nurses in war and conflict."

A mother of three, Ms. Power understands the financial challenges that can come with education and recognizes how important the bursary was in helping her to achieve her academic goals.

"The bursary was very much needed at the time I received it," said Ms. Power. "It has provided the extra financial help I needed to carry me through to my fourth year of the bachelor of nursing program. I feel had I not received the bursary, I may have had to put my education on hold temporarily until I managed to save enough money to cover tuition for my final year. I am very fortunate and grateful to have been the recipient of this new bursary."

Ms. Power graduated on Friday, May 11, at the Grenfell Campus spring convocation, and will now begin a position with Western Health as a full-time registered nurse. Grenfell Campus partners with Western Regional School of Nursing to deliver the bachelor of nursing (collaborative) program.

According to Linda Norman-Robbins, director of Western Regional School of Nursing, bursaries such as this one are important not only to students but also in building relationships in the community.

"The School of Nursing is always excited by the sponsorship of new bursaries," said Ms. Norman-Robbins. "The legion bursary was particularly welcomed as it strengthens a partnership between the School of Nursing and a well-established Corner Brook institution, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 13."