St. Vincent's Program Aids Nursing Students

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Byline: Sarah Skidmore, Times-Union business writer

St. Vincent's Foundation announced a new scholarship program for the nursing education of the hospital's staff members.

More than $300,000 will fund up to 20 scholarships at local nursing schools. This is the first nursing scholarship program offered by the hospital foundation. Several local families donated the money to create the endowment.

Staff members can use the educational opportunity to either make the initial move into nursing or further their nursing careers.

For staff members like Melissa Dodd, 31, the scholarship means the completion of a long-term goal.

Dodd began working at St. Vincent's in 1992 as a secretary. She continued working full time while she got her associate degree in nursing from Florida Community College. She moved up to a technician position and went on to get her bachelor's degree from the University of North Florida.

After taking a few semesters off after the birth of her daughter, Dodd is back at school and work, this time with a full scholarship from the Gottlieb family through the foundation; the Gottliebs are one of the families donating to the fund.

"It was nice to know people would step up and help you out," Dodd said. …