Excelsior College offers a variety of scholarships based on financial need, specific degree programs, and scholarships for servicemembers. Recently the college added a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship to recognize students who have attained a high academic achievement and to assist community college transfer students in pursuing a bachelor’s degree. This week, the school announced that Kelly Browne, a Bachelor of Science in nursing student, is Excelsior College’s first Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship award recipient.
Browne grew up in the suburbs of Middletown, New Jersey and moved to New York to attend City University following high school. At the time, she was unsure of her direction in life, but knew a typical “9-5” desk job was not for her.
After a couple years of living in Astoria, Queens, her father had hip replacement surgery and came into contact with many nurses in his hospital room. During that time, her father suggested a nursing career for Kelly. Browne realized from speaking with her father the positive impact that nurses can make in people’s lives.
“I knew that there would always be room for growth, improvement, and new knowledge,” said Browne. “Soon enough, I found myself enrolled at Phillips Beth Israel School of Nursing in New York City.”
After completing her associate degree and working at Star Pediatric Homecare Agency, Browne headed back to school, this time at Excelsior.
“I am incredibly overjoyed and appreciative of this $1,000 scholarship towards tuition and fees,” said Browne “I made a promise to myself after graduating nursing school that I would pursue my BSN. After beginning my first job as an RN, I enrolled into Excelsior’s program. Receiving this scholarship reminds me that my hard work and discipline does not go unnoticed and that I am on my way to higher achievements.”
Browne currently works for a pediatric home healthcare agency in Lakewood, NJ, which she enjoys. “I always had a hunch that I would like working with children and this turned out to be true,” Brown said. “I want to continue my education to keep updated on changes in health care and so that I can provide the highest quality of care to my patients.”
Brown feels education is an important factor in becoming a successful nurse. Nurses are both students and teachers every single day, she said, whether it is learning about new technology and equipment or educating patients on their medications and how to manage their illness. In addition, many employers today want to hire experienced nurses and those with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.