Raising money for nursing school scholarships is the goal of the Nursing Student Association’s second annual Life Saver 5K and 1-mile Fun Run.
The events begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, on the OCCC campus.
“This event is a fundraiser to help those who want to obtain a nursing degree but lack the funds to do so,” said Deborah Myers, assistant nursing program director and race director.
“It will help provide some financial support by giving some nursing students the opportunity to continue their education by receiving scholarships to help them advance in nursing education,” she said.
The amount of the scholarships will be based upon how much money is raised at the races, Myers said.
Deborah Myers said last year they were able to give out 13 scholarships.
“We had 188 people who registered last year and I hope we at least double that number for this year,” Myers said.
Four of the scholarships given out last year were Jamison Watters scholarships, each for $250.
The Jamison Watters Scholarship was set up in honor of a young boy who died last year of leukemia while his mother was in nursing school at OCCC.
“This particular scholarship is geared toward those nursing students who are going into pediatrics or pediatrics oncology,” Myers said.
Myers encourages everyone to sign up quickly so they can make sure they have enough accommodations for everyone.
Beverly Schaeffer, nursing professor and race co-director, said approximately six to eight NSA officers as well as 60 volunteers are involved in the planning of the race.
Schaeffer said a nursing student has to apply and be interviewed by the scholarship committee in order to be considered for a scholarship.
Those who want to make a donation to help with the NSA scholarships can contact Kristen McMurray, division clerical assistant, at 405-682-1611, ext. 7480.
For more information or to register online, go to www.occc.edu/lifesaver/registration now until 11:59 p.m. Sept. 23.
Mail-in registration ends on Sept. 10.
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