We are pleased to announce the 2019 recipient for the “Forever in My Heart Friday Scholarship in Honor of Myesha Reed.” Each year graduating seniors from Northeast Magnet High School in Wichita, Ks. who are entering into the nursing field have the opportunity to submit an application and an essay on why they have chosen this career path. After reading each applicant’s essay my children and I have the pleasure of carefully selecting the winner. The names of the applicants are not revealed during the review process because Chloe is currently a senior at Northeast Magnet High School.
For those who are unfamiliar with our story, my daughter Myesha was herself a scholarship recipient her senior year and was able to obtain her CNA throughout her senior year with the anticipation of going to Butler Community College to seek out a degree in Neonatal or Obstetrics Nursing. Myesha unexpectedly passed away on July 17, 2015, due to complications from ankle surgery. We find no better way than to commemorate her life than to give back and help someone else achieve their dreams.
This year’s recipient is graduating with a 4.0 GPA and has received such academic honors as 4 years of Honor Roll, Kansas Honors Society (Top 10%) and a Member of Tri-M. He is also a competitive swimmer, a Modern Music Master, a member of the Youth Symphony Program and a Patient Ambassador at Via Christi St. Francis. This young man has put in over 263 volunteer hours at Via Christi thus far and is well on his way to a bright future as an occupational nurse.
His essay spoke of “giving back to the community”, an important value I try to instill in my own children. He gave much insight to the Patient Ambassador program he has been participating in for the past few years and all the unique experiences he has had getting to know not only the field of nursing but more importantly the patient. He learned that taking the time to get to talk to each patient and “listen” to them plays such a valuable role in nursing. I do believe he will be a great occupational nurse and we wish him nothing but success as he embarks on this next chapter in his life.
So, if you would please join me in congratulating this year’s 2019 “Forever in My Heart in Honor of Myesha Reed Scholarship” to Thomas Nguyen. Thomas, we a so pleased in knowing that we can help you pursue your dreams and we look forward to hearing about your journey along the way.
Crystal, Chloe & Corban Wiley
In Honor of Myesha Raven-Symone Reed
Aug 31, 1996- July 17, 2015