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    The Difference of a Scholarship

    Twenty-five year old Melissa Street is pursuing a dream.

    In September, Melissa began her studies at Columbia Basin College to become a nurse.

    She had earned an associate’s degree in general studies with a goal to move into a nursing program. But, according to Melissa, life events intervened. Family health issues delayed her start.

    “My husband and I then moved to the Tri-Cities for his job,” she said. “I heard that CBC had a good nursing program, so I did one year of prerequisites before applying. I then applied and got in.”

    She was on her way, but financing her education was a concern for the young couple; they were still paying medical bills.

    During a nursing school orientation, she learned about Kadlec Foundation nursing scholarships. “The nursing school helped me through the whole process,” she said.

    Last summer, she was awarded the June Marie Corrado, RN, Nursing Scholarship sponsored by Kadlec Foundation.

    “Getting this scholarship has helped us out a lot and relieved one financial burden for us. It helps me to be able to focus on going to school and also helped us work on getting our medical bills paid while I go to school,” she said.

    “I was so honored to get the e scholarship, especially one in honor of a nurse. It does make a difference,” said Melissa.