Kadlec Foundation has long supported local health care students. One of those future nurses enrolled in the WSU Tri-Cities nursing program is Tiffany Ashbaker, who at 43-years old, calls herself a non-traditional student.
The mother of three teenagers went back to school to become a nurse.
“I juggle work, school and family,” Tiffany said. “It’s a lot, but I’m excited about working in nursing.”
Tiffany earned her AAS from Columbia Basin College before entering the WSU Tri-Cities nursing program.
“I used to volunteer at OHSU for children with long-term illnesses,” she said, “and it was a neat experience. I also volunteered with adults who had developmental disabilities.”
Those experiences helped Tiffany decide to pursue nursing, “and I hope to work with patients who need long-term health treatment.”
While at WSU Tri-Cities, Tiffany applied for a Kadlec Foundation scholarship to help with her school expenses.
“I applied, but didn’t think I would meet the requirements,” she said. “When I got it, it made me so happy and it made a huge difference. As excited as I was to get the scholarship, I could also see my children strive to do a little better in school so they could receive scholarships, too, someday.”
She will graduate in December of 2015 with a bachelor of science in nursing. Meanwhile, she is taking her classes in the new nursing education center.