Nursing Scholarships Awarded by Teaneck Rotary
Teaneck, NJ (December 20, 2005) — For the third year, the Teaneck Rotary has identified the nursing shortage as a critical area for support. They have awarded two nursing scholarships to Fairleigh Dickinson nursing students who are residents of Bergen County and have attained junior status with a grade point average of 3.5 or above.
The scholarships are provided through the Independent College Fund of New Jersey (ICFNJ). ICFNJ represents a cooperative effort between business and academic leaders to increase awareness of and provide financial support for the State’s 14 private colleges and universities. These scholarships provide NJ corporations and foundations with a vehicle for investment in individual student scholars at ICFNJ member institutions. Today, 76 percent of the 60,315 students attending New Jersey’s independent colleges and universities receive some sort of financial aid.
Rachel Zoldan resides in Teaneck and is a junior in FDU’s Henry Becton School of Nursing with a 3.82 grade point average. She was a staff volunteer at Tomorrow’s Children Cancer Center at Hackensack Hospital and is currently an office manager at Access Medical Associates in Englewood. After her graduation from FDU, she hopes to work at Hackensack Hospital as a registered nurse and would like to specialize as a mid wife. In 2001-02, Rachel studied abroad at Michletet Mevaseret Yersushalayim, Jerusalem, Israel.
Anna Desperak, a junior at FDU and a resident of Garfield, grew up in East Rutherford where she graduated from Henry Becton High School as an honor student and a member of the volleyball team. She decided to become a nurse after her mother died two years ago from cancer. Anna plans to earn her B.S. and Master’s degree in nursing and work with newborn babies as a neonatal or delivery nurse. Anna is fluent in Polish and works part-time at East Rutherford Orthodontics as a receptionist.