TWU nursing students receive prestigious scholarship

From left: Shana Hansford (TWU), Michalea Cortes (TWU), Sarah Wilcox (Baylor University), Soo Min Pa


DALLAS—Six Texas Woman’s University nursing students were awarded Edith Cavell Nursing Scholarships from the Dallas County Medical Society Alliance Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Shana Hansford, Whitney Hain, Grace Park, Soo Min Park, Michaela Cortes and Angelica Garcia each received approximately $1,000, totaling $6,000 awarded for the Fall 2015 semester. TWU students were six of the seven students awarded scholarships by the Dallas County Medical Society Alliance.

Founded in 1917, and the first medical auxiliary in the country, the Dallas County Medical Society Alliance is a philanthropic organization whose mission is to promote health education through community programming. The Dallas County Medical Society Alliance established the Edith Cavell Nursing Scholarship in 1954 in honor of Edith Cavell—the first woman killed by Nazi firing squad during World War I. Her crime was aiding the escape of over 300 Allied soldiers while simultaneously caring for all the wounded in her charge as a Red Cross volunteer nurse. Since its inception, more than $500,000 has been awarded to 1,359 nursing scholars.

The Dallas County Medical Society Alliance selects scholarship recipients from nursing schools within Dallas County, and selects recipients based on several criteria indicative of the qualities and characteristics pursuant to becoming a successful nurse. These criteria include acceptance into or current enrollment in a Dallas County nursing school, a minimum GPA of 3.0, application including an essay, and proof of financial need. In addition to receiving financial support, scholarship recipients are mentored by the Board of Directors, and benefit from the networking opportunities available to them through the Alliance.

TWU’s nationally recognized College of Nursing is considered one of the best nursing programs in the nation. Today, with more than 15,000 alumni and more than 3,300 undergraduate and graduate students in Denton, Dallas and Houston, TWU is among the largest colleges of nursing in Texas and one of the nation’s leading providers of new nurses. TWU nursing students’ first-time pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination is more than 90 percent, well above the national and state averages. For more information, visit

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