Smith County Medical Society Alliance creates endowed scholarship at TJC

Tyler Junior College nursing students for years to come will benefit from a scholarship established by the Smith County Medical Society Alliance (SCMSA).

At Thursday’s regular meeting of the TJC Board of Trustees, SCMSA members presented a check for $30,250, which will create an endowed scholarship for students in TJC’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program.

The endowment will allow TJC to award a $1,200 scholarship each year to a deserving nursing student.

Funds for the scholarship were raised through the medial alliance’s book sales held in April and October.

“We’re very proud of the work that the medical alliance does,” said Agnes Ward, SCMSA president. “Raising money for scholarships is just one piece of what the alliance does. We also provide for other health-related causes.

“We have another TJC scholarship for health-related careers, but this one today is solely for a nursing student. Our goal is to continue raising the amount of the endowed scholarship until we’re able to give one student a full scholarship, then create additional scholarships in the future.”

Mitch Andrews, executive director of the TJC Foundation, said, “The SCMSA has long been a supporter of TJC scholarships. We sincerely thank them for this scholarship that will help our nursing students, many of whom will likely stay here after graduation and join the workforce in our vibrant medical community.”

For more on this and other available TJC scholarships, go to www.tjc.edu/scholarships.

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