Scholarships Touching Lives: Mel's Story


Foundation Scholarship Recipient, Mel Aquino

Melveyne “Mel” Aquino’s journey to becoming a registered nurse has consistently been interwoven with Kadlec.

After graduating from Columbia Basin College with an associate’s degree in applied science in medical assisting, she was hired by Kadlec to work at Kadlec Clinic Associated Physicians for Women (APW).

“I actually wanted to work in pediatrics, but I was offered the job at APW,” she said. “I have now fallen in love with the field of obstetrics and gynecology.”

This fall, while continuing to work at APW, she is returning to CBC to pursue her goal of becoming a registered nurse.

“It will be long road, working and going to school both full time, but I can do it, step-by-step,” she said. “It’s the goal I’ve set for myself.”

To help her along the way, Mel applied for nursing scholarships through CBC.

“I was excited to get one; it really helps lessen the burden of financing my education, and when I found out it was from Kadlec, it made it even better because of my connection to Kadlec through work,” she said.

For the 2015-16 school year, Kadlec Foundation has committed to awarding over $100,000 in scholarship funds to area students pursuing health care careers at CBC and Washington State University Tri-Cities. This amount is double what Kadlec Foundation awarded for the 2014-2015 school year.

“I am very grateful to Kadlec for this scholarship,” said Mel. “When I was a child, I wanted to be a teacher. Through my work at APW I have learned that I really love serving patients and look forward to serving them as a nurse.  This scholarship is helping to make that happen.”