Houston Chronicle awards scholarships to 3 outstanding nursing students
Every year, the Houston Chronicle’s Salute to Nurses program awards scholarships to three outstanding nursing students as assistance to support their nursing educational endeavors. The Chronicle marks this tradition every year during National Nurses Week, which takes place May 6-12.
As part of their recognition, these students receive:
• $1,000 scholarship,
• Two invitations to the Salute to Nurses luncheon held May 2,
• Commemorative award at the luncheon, and
• Recognition in the Houston Chronicle Salute to Nurses special section that published Sunday, May 5.
This year’s scholarship recipients are:
Willie Hayward, Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing
Willie Hayward is a full-time freshman in his second semester of his bachelor of science in nursing program at PVAMU’s College of Nursing. He was inspired to go into nursing by his grandmother, who worked as a pediatric nurse, and in addition to having always been good at math and science, he always knew he wanted to work in the health care field. After graduating he would like to work for a couple of years before going back to school for his master’s degree and ultimately get his doctor of nursing practice degree and eventually become a pediatric nurse practitioner.
“I’m so grateful and humbled to receive this award, as it will help me have less of a financial strain when buying important items like books and clinical materials,” Hayward said.
Jethrina Santos, Texas Woman’s University
Jethrina Santos is a second-semester sophomore in Texas Woman’s University’s post-baccalaureate nursing program. Although she went the pre-med route for her first degree and had always had an interest in health care, she initially took her career down a different path and worked as a teacher for five years before deciding she missed the health care environment. After leaving teaching to work in the emergency department at Memorial Hermann Hospital, she decided to go to nursing school as a full-time student after gaining admission to TWU in 2018. Upon graduating, she believes she would like to work in a critical care position in the emergency room, or possibly in the intensive care unit or neonatal intensive care unit.
“Receiving this award and the financial support it comes with means so much to me, as it has been challenging to go back to school as an independent student,” Santos said. “It’s nice to know people are willing to invest in my future and back me up with monetary support to help me pursue my goal to work in the field of nursing.”
Ana Solis, Houston Baptist University
Ana Solis is a junior pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at Houston Baptist University. She was inspired to go into the field of nursing after her cousin became paralyzed after being in a car accident and witnessing first-hand how his nurses interacted with and took care of him when she visited him in the hospital.
“I felt that they wanted the best for him and were there for him the most, and I wanted to be that for someone else,” Solis said.
After she graduates, Solis would like to start working as a registered nurse in a hospital with a residency program, though she is currently unsure about what she would like to specialize in. She would also like to eventually get her master’s degree and possibly become a family nurse practitioner.
“I’m very thankful to Houston Chronicle for choosing me to receive this award, as it gives me the opportunity to further my education and takes a bit of a load off my shoulders by allowing me not to worry about how I’ll pay for certain expenses,” she said.