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Scholarships

Financial Assistance is available through GRMC, the GRMC Foundation and GRMC Auxiliary. The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage and assist individuals with entry into Health Care Professions, with the intent these caregivers will return to Gila Regional in their new field following graduation.

These scholarships are awarded annually to local residents and include:

  • Alice Hamm Memorial Scholarship
  • This scholarship is in memory of Alice Hamm, who served as a registered nurse at Gila Regional and was the wife of Dr. Leslie Hamm who was a member of GRMC's medical staff. New Mexico students who have been accepted into a health care related program are eligible to apply.  Details and  applications are available by contacting Human Resources Office at (575) 538-4076.
  • GRMC Foundation Mann Endowment
    The Mann Endowment is intended for students pursuing a career in the health care field. It was established in the memory of Dr. Arthur H. Mann. Applicants must be accepted into a health sciences program. Preference is given to residents of the Four County area and to GRMC employees/families. Details and  applications are available by contacting Human Resources Office at (575) 538-4076.

  • GRMC Foundation Starlipper Endowment
  • This endowment is in memory of Betty J. Starlipper, a long-time GRMC Auxiliary volunteer. It is intended for students pursuing a Nursing Education, either at the entry level of RN, or for advanced training for persons who are already RN's. Preference is given to residents of the Four County area and to GRMC employees/families who intend to work at GRMC after graduation. Details and applicationsare available by contacting Human Resources Office at (575) 538-4076.

  • GRMC Foundation Polly Pine Memorial Scholarships
  • The GRMC Foundation has established two scholarships in memory of Polly Pine, who served as GRMC CEO 1998 - 2000. One scholarship is designed to assist those individuals who are entering into or who are completing an RN program. The second scholarship is designed to assist those individuals enrolled in a health care field, administratively or professionally. Preference is given to residents of the Four County area and to GRMC employees/families who intend to work at GRMC after graduation. Details and  applications are available by contacting Human Resources Office at (575) 538-4076.
  • GRMC Educational Financial Assistance Program (FAP)
    This program was established to assist Gila Regional employees with professional education in Health Care fields. Annually, Administration will review staffing needs of the hospital (present or future) and determine which Health Care fields "qualify" for assistance under this program. Preference is given to current GRMC employees who intend to practice in their field at Gila Regional after graduation. Details and  applications are available by contacting Human Resources Office at (575) 538-4076.
  • Nancy jay Stevens Scholarshop 
    Nancy Jay Stevens This scholarship was created in July 2012 in memory of Nancy Jay Stevens, who worked for GRMC Foundation from 2007-2012 and was a beloved educator in our community. Throughout her career as a teacher, Nancy relentlessly pursued opportunities to improve the lives of children and teens in Grant County. This scholarship is designed to assist our community's youth who intend to follow a career path in the field of healthcare, administratively or professionally. The scholarship supports students who have demonstrated philanthropic leadership, promoting healthy living within the community and/or in a school environment, through volunteer work and/or involvement in student leadership activities. Nancy Jay Stevens Scholarship Details and applications are available by contacting Human Resources Office at (575) 538-4076.

 

Please note that the number of scholarships available and the amount will be determined on an annual basis contingent upon available funds.



 

Photo at right: Kimberly Barragon, RN is pictured with proud parents Lindy and Jubal Williamson and baby Ronen


Registered Nurse Kimberly Barragon has worked at Gila Regional Medical Center for quite some time. She began as a tech in the hospital's Med Surg inpatient areas and now works full-time as a nurse in the Maternity department. She is a Grant County resident, born and raised, and plans to stay here.

"When I had my kids," Barragon says, "I was treated with such warmth and care that I knew Nursing was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life." Barragon, the proud mother of 5 children, worked and attended college to obtain her Associate's Degree in Nursing. "I couldn't have done it without the emotional support of my husband and the financial support of Gila Regional."

"We at Gila Regional are lucky to have scholarships and funding available to promote Nursing education," says Chief Nursing Officer Cathy Woodard, who has personally been a recipient of Foundation and Auxiliary scholarships, and education funding from the hospital.

"Kimberly was the President of the National Student Nursing Association. She has a lot of drive and ambition, and she is going to go far", said Woodard.

Both women are thankful for the financial support they received from Gila Regional's Foundation and Auxiliary. They also expressed gratitude for the hospital's flexibility around students and their school and work schedules. "You can be supported and embraced here rather than trying to fight the system," says Barragon who has researched other health organizations and their support of employee's and school. "It is a challenge to try to accommodate everyone's schedule," says Woodard, "but we feel it is essential."

Gila Regional's Foundation and Auxiliary match funding, and last year provided over $20,000 in scholarships to students in the medical field. Scholarship funds can also be combined with the $600 per semester in tuition reimbursement and financial support available through the hospital.

"We feel it is essential to the growth of our organization to support nursing and other students in the medical field," said GRMC Foundation President Judy O'Laughlin. "It helps us maintain a staff that has up-to-the-minute training and keeps graduates in the community."

"The GRMC Foundation Scholarship money is a vital part of assistance for Nursing students," says Pam Kuthe, RN, Foundation Board member and Nursing professor. "The funding is there to assist anyone in our community who wants to become a nurse."

Patsy Miller, co-chair of the Auxiliary Scholarship Committee recommends interested students contact the GRMC human resources office at 538-4076 for applications. June 25th is the annual deadline for applications. "We will be selecting next year's recipients in July for the Fall and Spring semesters", she added.