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Announcing the 2016 Recipients of the William Carter Lowe, M.D. Nursing Scholarship

Nursing Scholarship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kalamazoo, Mich. August 3, 2016 – Elaine G. Amaya-Martin of Kalamazoo and Jacob L. DeMott of Portage have been selected as the 2016 William Carter Lowe, M.D. Nursing Scholarship recipients from Heritage Community of Kalamazoo. Elaine is continuing her nursing program at Kalamazoo Valley Community College (KVCC) and Jacob is attending Kellogg Community College (KCC).

Elaine has worked at Heritage for the past three years as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at the Upjohn Care and Rehabilitation Center. Elaine's inspiration to become a nurse came from a patient who helped her realize that her true calling was to help and care for others in need. According to Elaine, "I credit him with truly inspiring me to pursue my dream." Elaine was last year's scholarship recipient and will complete her nursing program at KVCC in May 2017.

Jacob has worked third shift in security for the past three and half years where he shared, "I discovered a passion for being there for others when they are feeling the most vulnerable, and I am able to give them respect and ease their troubles. It's that discovery which has fueled my desire to become a geriatrics nurse." While attending school and working third shift, Jacob also found inspiration when his daughter was born to follow a path of caring for others. Jacob is beginning his nursing program at KCC this fall and will complete it in May 2018.

"We are pleased to present these scholarships to Elaine and Jacob," according to Jay Prince, President & CEO of Heritage Community of Kalamazoo. "We honor their service and compassion that is focused on improving the comfort of others while serving in long-term, person-centered care."

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