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Facey adds to COC nursing scholarship fund

Posted: May 7, 2010 2:28 p.m.
Updated: May 8, 2010 2:14 p.m.
The College of the Canyons nursing department received a $10,000 donation from the Facey Medical Foundation to add to the COC Foundation's Yvonne Wiggins Memorial Scholarship Endowment in April.

"It's a significant thing when a corporate supporter presents us with something we can use to help our students, and we thank the Facey Medical Foundation very much," said Murray Wood, COC Foundation chief development officer. "This money will be leveraged to benefit our students to the highest degree."

The Facey Medical Foundation originally established the endowment in 2008 in memory of late Facey Medical nurse and COC nursing alumna Yvonne Wiggins. With this donation the permanent scholarship endowment now has a current value of $20,800.

"Yvonne was the heart and soul of our nursing leadership team," said Dr. Fredrick Russo, president of Facey Medical. "She loved nursing, she loved her family, she loved her cat, and she loved the Ohio State Buckeyes. I hope you'll find a good way to spend this money on the great nursing minds of the future."

Since its establishment, the Endowment has awarded a total of seven scholarships to COC nursing students. Its ongoing investment earnings will be used to provide scholarships to College of the Canyons nursing students for years to come.

"Most of our nursing students come to us as parents and working adults, and they need this money to be able to go to school," said Sue Albert, COC dean of Allied Health. "It's expensive to go through a nursing program, so we are very grateful and our students are very grateful for this donation."

Dr. Russo and members of the Facey Medical Foundation visited College of the Canyons in April to present the check to nursing faculty, students and college administrators, including COC Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook.

"College of the Canyons would not be what it is today if it were not for the quality organizations and people we have in this community, and the commitment to creating a community of care," Dr. Van Hook said. "Your efforts to support us do not go unnoticed, and we are grateful for your support each and every day."


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