Inaugural Scholarships Awarded


The scholarship advisory committee of the Barbara “Foof” Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce that the Fund has awarded nursing scholarships totaling $1,500 to members of the Ocean Medical Center staff. Sigrid Alaan, Laurie Romano and Nancy Trione, all employees at Ocean Medical Center, were presented three individual $500 scholarships during an award ceremony held Monday afternoon, September 19, 2011 on the OMC main campus in Brick, NJ.

All three 2011 scholarship recipients were selected by the Barbara “Foof” Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund Scholarship Advisory Committee after the Committee reviewed all scholarship applications and supporting documents submitted from all candidates.

Alaan attends the Georgian Court Meridian Health School of Nursing in pursuit of her BSN. She patrols the halls of OMC 2 West as a full-time patient care associate. Upon graduation, Alaan plans to continue to work for Meridian Health as a critical care nurse.

Romano is a valued team member of the OMC Access Services Department in the Charity Care Unit. She attends the Ocean County College School of Nursing studying for her RN. Romano has an interest in becoming a specialist in OMC’s Operating Room or Emergency Room in the future.

Trione, who already holds her RN, is currently a part-time staff nurse in the OMC Post Anesthesia Care Unit. She has been a member in good standing of the OMC nursing corps for over thirty-plus years and consistently maintains her Clinical Ladder status as well as her national CPAN certification. Romano began working at Point Pleasant Hospital as an EKG technician and is currently pursuing her BSN at Kean University on the Ocean County campus.

The Barbara “Foof” Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund was established on January 15, 2011 and exclusively benefits employees of Ocean Medical Center through annual nursing scholarships awarded to OMC staff nurses and nursing students.

For more information about the Barbara “Foof” Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund, including future fundraising events and how to make donations to the Fund, visit the Fund’s official website at

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