2016 Forfar Nursing Scholarship awarded To D’albenzio, Neuberger and Reiner


SEPTEMBER 19, 2016 (BRICK, NJ) - The scholarship advisory committee of the Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce that they have awarded nursing scholarships totaling $1,500 to three nurses on the Ocean Medical Center staff.

Amanda D’albenzio (Lakewood), Soroh Neuberger (Lakewood) and Vera Reiner (Brick) were presented three individual $500 scholarships during an award ceremony held Friday afternoon, September 19 on the Ocean Medical Center main campus in Brick.

The 2016 ceremony marks the sixth consecutive year that scholarships have been awarded to Ocean Medical Center team members from the scholarship fund.

The three 2016 scholarship recipients were selected by the Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund Scholarship Advisory Committee after the committee members reviewed all scholarship applications and supporting documents from every candidate who applied.

Amanda D’albenzio is a Patient Care Associate and a valuable team member at Ocean Medical Center patrolling the halls of 4 North. She joined Ocean Medical Center early in 2016 and is pursuing her RN at Ocean County College with an expected completion date in February 2017.

Soroh Neuberger is pursuing her Masters of Science in Nursing at Drexel University with an anticipated completion date in June 2018. She has worked for Meridian Health since 2012 and in 2014 transferred to the Same Day Surgery Department at Ocean Medical Center.

Vera Reiner has been a valuable team member of Ocean Medical Center’s nursing department for the past twelve years. She is currently a staff nurse in the Pediatrics Department, a clinical resource on the CARE program and chairs the shared governance for her department. Vera is pursuing her BSN Degree at Chamberlain College of Nursing with an anticipated completion date in May 2017.

“On behalf of the entire scholarship committee, I want to congratulate these three exceptional individuals who truly have a sincere desire and compassion for the Nursing profession and Nursing education just like Barbara did. They each have an exceptional drive to gain as much knowledge as they can to help their staff, fellow team members and patients and have placed a priority on their own personal Nursing education to help serve all of us better. We wish all of them the best of success in their nursing careers” mentioned Walt Konopka, Chairperson of the Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund.

In addition to the scholarship recipients, their family members and friends, Ocean Medical Center physicians, nurses and administrative staff, other guests of note in attendance at the award presentation included Dean Lin, President of Ocean Medical Center; Ellen Angelo, Vice President of Ocean Medical Center; Dr. Teri Wurmser, Executive Director of the Ann May Center for Nursing at Meridian Health and Matthew Lang, Executive Director of the Ocean Medical Center Foundation.

During its short six-year history, The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund has raised close to $26,000 to help nurses and nursing students and has awarded $14,000 total to 24 nurses and nursing students of Ocean Medical Center.

The 2016 scholarship application due date was July 15.


ABOUT THE BARBARA FORFAR NURSING SCHOLARSHIP FUND:
The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund was established on January 15, 2011 and is part of the Ocean Medical Center Foundation family of funds.

The fund provides monetary assistance to qualified nurses and nursing students of Ocean Medical Center who desire to continue their formal education in nursing profession in the form of scholarships and awards one (or more) nursing scholarship during September of each year to eligible applicants.

The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund was established to honor the memory of long-time Point Pleasant resident Barbara Forfar or “Foof” as she was called by her fellow nurses and other colleagues in the operating room, and her forty-four years of dedication to the nursing profession with all but three years of her service associated with the Ocean Medical Center or its predecessor hospitals.

To qualify for the scholarship, the applicant must be an employee or nursing student at Ocean Medical Center and must be enrolled in a RN program, an upper division program (RN to BSN) or advanced degree program (MSN, PhD) in nursing.

All Ocean Medical Center nurses and nursing students from all OMC practice areas are eligible to apply. The scholarship must be used to supplement tuition, fees, lab costs, books or educational supply expenses.

The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund awards one (or more) nursing scholarship during September of each year to eligible applicants.


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The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund was established on January 15, 2011. The Fund is a member of the Ocean Medical Center Foundation family of funds. The fund awards one (or more) nursing scholarship during September of each year to eligible applicants as selected by the fund’s Scholarship Advisory Committee. The Ocean Medical Center Foundation is the tax-exempt charity providing philanthropic support for Ocean Medical Center, a member of Hackensack Meridian Health. The Ocean Medical Center Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which means your donation is tax-deductible to the full extent provided by law.


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