Alice A. Peters nursing scholarships awarded to 7

Alice A. Peters scholarship winners are top from left: Jonah All, transporter at Community Regional, Allen Pasion, PACU surgical assistant at Community Regional, John Hernandez, patient care assistant in Community Regional's emergency department, and Michelle Parker, obstetrics tech at Community Regional.
And bottom from left: Kristina Erickson, employee in burn unit at Community Regional, Mark DeLosSantos, extern in CPCU at Clovis Community Medical Center, and Annabel Duran, unit clerk in emergency department at Community Regional

Seven nursing students at Community Medical Centers received $3,000 through the Alice A. Peters Nursing Scholarship Fund to continue their studies and three hospital nurses received Marilyn Hawkins memorial scholarships during a ceremony at Community Regional Medical Center.

"The Alice A. Peters Nursing Scholarship program was established to ensure that Community continues to build a strong nursing force to meet the needs of our patients. Aunt Alice has always valued the leading role nurses play in a hospital," explained Craig Apregan, Leon S. Peters board member and nephew of Alice, who passed away in the past year. The fund was designed to lessen the financial burden and help nursing students complete their studies on schedule. Scholarships are awarded to nursing students who are Community employees. 

Those honored with the Marilyn Hawkins nursing scholarships are from left: Joan Larmondin-Holloway, manager of Community Regional's 10 West ICU Step Down, Rachel Van Noy, RN CN III on Community's Regional's 5th floor ICU and the graduate scholarship recipient, and Tina Gulbronsen, hospital supervisor and director of nursing administration at Community Regional.

In February 2002, a $300,000 gift from Alice A. Peters implemented this scholarship program. An additional matching gift fund was started four years ago by the
Leon S. Peters Foundation to encourage employee support of the  program. Because of this matching gift, Community's employees responded to make sure the scholarship fund continues.

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Mary Lisa Russell reported this story. She can be reached at