Mars Hill University Nursing Students Honored

Haley Sparrow (center) with Mark and Christine Strom.

Two Mars Hill University nursing students have been recognized for their accomplishments within the university’s Judge-McRae School of Nursing. Haley Sparrow, a senior from Gastonia, North Carolina, received the Strom Scholarship, and Tonya Hooper, a junior from Hilo, Hawaii, received the Wood Scholarship.

The Mark and Christine Strom Nursing Scholarship for Excellence is awarded annually to a rising senior in the pre-licensure bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) program. Criteria for selection include academic achievement and leadership in the community and/or classroom. The Stroms established the scholarship to honor their values and those of the nursing profession. This is the second year it has been awarded.

Tonya Hooper (center) with Corny and Bob Wood. The Woods established the scholarship in memory of Bob’s father, Art Wood.

The Arthur Everett Wood Endowed Nursing Scholarship is awarded to a student with demonstrated need who maintains high grades overall and within science classes, who demonstrates leadership qualities, is passionate and compassionate, is invested in and committed to the calling of nursing, and who demonstrates caring and community service. It is awarded to a rising senior in the pre-licensure B.S.N. program or a juior or senior in the registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing (R.N. to B.S.N.) program. The scholarship was established in memory of Art Wood, a member of the Mars Hill class of 1947 and a Mars Hill professor of mathematics and physics from 1949 to 1991. This is the first year this scholarship has been awarded.

About the Judge-McRae School of Nursing:

The Judge-McRae School of Nursing offers classes in the R.N. to B.S.N. program at Mars Hill’s Asheville Center for Adult and Graduate Studies. The pre-licensure BSN program is offered in the Ferguson Health Sciences Center on the main university campus. The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Mars Hill University (Judge-McRae School of Nursing) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org). The Judge-McRae School of Nursing and Ferguson Health Sciences Center received support from GoldenLEAF Foundation.