TCC receives additional support for nursing scholarships from CRMC

May 22, 2018

CRMC and TCC officials with big checkTALLAHASSEE, Fla. (May 22, 2018)—Nursing students at Tallahassee Community College will now have access to additional scholarship opportunities, thanks to a gift from Capital Regional Medical Center.

Alan Keesee, CRMC’s chief executive officer, presented the gift valued at $82,000 at the May 21 meeting of the TCC District Board of Trustees. The new gift follows on the heels of a $32,000 gift in February 2017 that originally established the Capital Regional Medical Center Nursing Scholarships, so the total value of the gift is now $114,000.

The scholarships provide support for students seeking their Associate Degree in Nursing at TCC and engage them to work at CRMC once they graduate and become registered nurses. Five TCC students are already receiving these scholarships. The new gift will support at least 10 additional full-tuition scholarships.

The purpose of the scholarships is to create a pipeline of highly skilled, TCC-trained nurses to staff the Tallahassee hospital and hopefully go on to have long, successful careers there.

“There is a nursing shortage,” said Keesee. “One of the things we’ve found is that it helps to hire nurses from the local area—like many of the nurses who graduate from TCC—because they tend to stay longer.”

Keesee was joined at the presentation by Chris Karpinski, chair of the CRMC Board of Trustees. Brad Coburn, vice president of human resources, Ann Smith, chief nursing officer, and Lori Sumner, associate chief nursing officer, also attended.

For information, contact Heather Mitchell at mitchelh@tcc.fl.edu or (850) 201-6067.