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
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