The Pink Star Foundation supports nurses’ ambitions
Scholarships will help two nurses’ dreams come true.
Hannah Eisterhold and Judith Ntimpa, both licensed practical nurses at StoneBridge Senior Living – Westphalia, had no idea what was in store for them on Tuesday.
But in an instant, each came closer to their dream of becoming a registered nurse.
Shortly after noon, Julie Heckman, the centre’s administrator, called all of the nurses to the facility’s nursing station for a meeting. What awaited them all was a giant surprise.
Betsy Byers and Peggy Talken of the Pink Star Foundation waited for the nurses’ rally at the station. When they were all in attendance, Byers announced that the foundation had developed a new scholarship program in honor of Mary Corrine “Corrie” Talken, daughter of Peggy Talken.
The foundation awarded the first two of these scholarships to Eisterhold and Ntimpa. Each woman received $ 2,000 to use for further education.
Corrie had worked at the same facility years ago. She enjoyed working with older people, said Peggy Talken. Even when Peggy asked how she could go to work and see suffering each day, Corrie replied that for at least five minutes each day she sat with her patients. And for five minutes each day, her patients had a moment of peace – they weren’t crying.
Corrie died in a boating accident in 2014. Her parents created the Pink Star Foundation in her memory.
Over the years, the foundation has raised funds for nonprofit organizations, such as the Special Learning Center and the Salvation Army Center of Hope.
It has provided scholarships to high school students Helias and Blair Oaks interested in the fields of nursing or health care.
But, offering scholarships to working nurses who want to improve their skills is a new approach, Byers said.
The new scholarships are meant to support students that others have forgotten, she continued. These students who are in different parts of their lives because they have families and jobs and are already struggling.
Adults who want to do more.
“They have to put their careers on hold,” Byers said. “There are people in the health field right now who would like to continue their education. “