Orange Regional Medical Center Partners with Mount Saint Mary College to create Memorial Scholarship and Lead Fundraising Efforts
Orange Regional Medical Center has partnered with Mount Saint Mary College to create the Cheryl L. Walker Nursing Scholarship. The award will be presented annually to a Mount Saint Mary College nursing student enrolled in the School of Nursing Baccalaureate RN Program. A fundraising event in support of the scholarship will take place on Saturday, May 6, at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY.
The event, entitled Paint It Forward, will be held at the college’s Hudson Hall, Room 116, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Cost per person is $50.00 and includes all necessary art supplies. Complimentary refreshments will be provided by the Mount Saint Mary College School of Nursing.
To RSVP for Paint It Forward, contact Erica Torres at Erica.firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (845) 569-3127.
About The Cheryl L. Walker Nursing Scholarship
The Cheryl L. Walker Nursing Scholarship honors the memory of Cheryl Walker, MS, RN, ACNS-BC, CWCN, whose devoted mission (over a nearly 40-year career) was to advocate, support and educate new nursing graduates. Cheryl did this in her role as assistant professor of nursing at Mount Saint Mary College, as well as during her employment at Vassar Brothers and Orange Regional Medical Center.
Cheryl developed the Bridge to Practice orientation program for graduate nurses and mentored new graduates during their first year of employment. She joined Orange Regional’s Nursing Professional Practice department in January 2015 and revitalized and formalized its nursing graduate cohort program.
Shortly after joining Orange Regional, Cheryl was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. She continued to work while receiving aggressive treatment and never stopped fighting for her mentees or against her illness. She passed away in January 2016 and is remembered throughout the nursing community for her reputation as a role model and tireless supporter of nurses and nursing educators.
Spearheading the efforts to establish and fund this scholarship are Professor of Nursing at Mount Saint Mary College, Andrea Ackermann PhD, RN, CHSE, Sylvia Stubbs, MS, RN-BC, of the Hudson Valley Staff Development Educators Group and Medical Group Nursing Administrator for the Greater Hudson Valley Health System, Lisa Summers-Gibson, MSN/Ed., RN, CDE.
“Cheryl was brave, persistent and never gave up on herself or the nurses she loved to serve,” said Ms.Summers-Gibson. “We love and miss her very much, and hope that this scholarship will help carry on the legacy that she left us.”
For those unable to attend the Paint It Forward event, but who wish to make a donation to the Cheryl L. Walker Nursing Scholarship fund, personal checks can be made payable to Mount Saint Mary College – indicate Cheryl Walker Scholarship in the notation line.
Mail to: Mount Saint Mary College, Advancement Office, 330 Powell Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550. Online donations can be made via the website at msmc.edu/gift.