Nursing students win scholarships from Fang Foundation
Mara Croitoru (second from left) and Qiong Wang (second from right) recipients of the Bonnie A.C. Lee Fang Foundation Nursing Scholarship, pose for a picture with (from left) Dynnette Hart, DrPH, RN, associate dean, undergraduate program, LLUSN; Marilyn Herrmann, PhD, RN, dean, LLUSN; and Elizabeth Bossert, DNS, RN, associate dean, graduate program, LLUSN.
Two School of Nursing students were honored at the fourth annual scholarship dinner and fundraiser of the Bonnie A.C. Lee Fang Foundation.
Loma Linda University School of Nursing students Mara Croitoru, RN, and Qiong Wang, MPH, were two of the three recipients of scholarships during the banquet held September 30, 2006, at the Hilton Pasadena.
Mara Croitoru was born in Romania and immigrated with her mother and sister to the United States in 1983. In 2004, she was accepted into the School of Nursing at Loma Linda University where she is currently finishing her BS degree.
In 2006, Ms. Croitoru was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, the national honor society of nursing. She is currently working as a registered nurse in cardiothoracic surgery ICU at LLUMC.
Qiong Wang is from Qinshan Lian, China. She received her basic nursing education from the Hangzhou Nursing School. Following completion of this program, she worked as an intensive care nurse for three years in Hangzhou. During this time, Ms. Wang felt the need to improve her skills and decided to continue her nursing education. She received her BS from the Adventist University in the Philippines, followed by a master’s in public health with a health promotion emphasis.
Still filled with a desire to further her education, Ms. Wang applied and came to Loma Linda University School of Nursing in 2004 to complete a master of science degree, focusing on the clinical nurse role with an emphasis in coronary nursing.
The other recipient, Marcella Carmen Gutierrez, is in the family nurse practitioner program at University of California, Los Angeles.
The Bonnie A.C. Lee Fang Foundation strives to support with financial assistance those individuals demonstrating a genuine commitment to the nursing profession.
In addition, aspiring nurses should possess the attributes of selflessness, dedication, leadership, and an inextinguishable inner spirit—qualities that capture the essence of Bonnie A.C. Lee Fang.
By Dustin Jones, MA