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The Boren Nursing Fund to give nursing scholarships

The Henderson Memorial Hospital Board of Directors, in association with ETMC Henderson, has announced a new scholarship fund that will assist area students who wish to pursue a nursing degree and career. 

The Homa W. Boren Nursing Fund was made possible through an $865,000 estate gift from the late Ruby Dean.  The gift was received in 2012 for the purpose of advancing nursing education in association with the Henderson hospital. 

"Thanks to the kind heart of Mrs. Dean, this financial resource will benefit the hospital by helping train and recruit nurses who will serve the people of Rusk County," said Monty Bonner, chairman of the HMH Board. "In addition to nursing scholarships, the fund may also be used to offset continuing medical education costs related to the ETMC Henderson nursing team members."

Applications for Boren Nursing Fund Scholarships are currently available to any high school senior who will graduate from an accredited high school in Rusk County, and then be enrolled in a college or university nursing program. For further information, students should contact their high school guidance counselors. The application deadline is May 22.

"The Boren Nursing Fund will serve ETMC Henderson for many years to come, as it helps us maintain an effective, qualified nursing workforce," said Mark Leitner, ETMC Henderson administrator. "It's estimated that the demand for registered nurses in Texas exceeds supply by 22,000."

Leitner explained that the Boren Nursing Fund Scholarship can be extended each year for its recipients, meaning that funding could be applied for up to four years of education. As part of this process, the recipients will sign letters of agreement that require them to apply at ETMC Henderson upon graduation, thus ensuring that both the students and local hospital benefit from the scholarships.

The Henderson Memorial Hospital Board of Directors oversees the Boren Nursing Fund, including the awarding of the annual scholarships. ETMC Henderson may also request funding to support its nursing team members as they maintain or advance certifications through the payment of course work, exam fees and related costs. In addition, the fund could be used for educational archives and technologies that augment the education and capabilities of ETMC Henderson nurses.