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Hospital awards nursing scholarships to two BHS students


Two graduating seniors from Bolingbrook High School each were awarded $1,000 college scholarships from the Bolingbrook Hospital Foundation today, May 20.

Kathy Mitchell, vice president/chief nursing officer of Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, and Gabrielle Abogado, executive assistant, awarded the scholarships to Bolingbrook residents Melissa Kerr and Nicole Malinowski at the school’s annual Honors Day awards ceremony. Both students plan to pursue nursing careers.

“We’re glad for the opportunity to help foster the girls’ desire to serve their local community,” Mitchell said.

When she becomes a registered nurse, Kerr intends to promote the well-being of her patients as well as her fellow staff members. Kerr believes it is only when health professionals work well together that they obtain the highest possible level of patient care.

“Being a team player is an important quality to have when working under pressure,” Kerr said.

Because she understands today’s urgent need for good nurses, Kerr plans to utilize her dedication, ambition and leadership skills to reach her objectives.

Kerr is a member of the National Honor Society. High school athletics included softball, volleyball and tennis. Kerr will attend Lewis University in the fall.

Malinowski, who describes herself as a compassionate person who enjoys working with others, said she doesn’t fear the hard work that accompanies high-quality patient care.

Like Kerr, Malinowski also hopes to work in a community hospital where her nursing abilities reflect a message of hospitality, hope and security to all patients.

“I realize there may be times when situations can become stressful,” Malinowski said. “It is at those times I feel confident in my ability to rise up to the challenge and share my warm, calming personality to help ease a situation.”

Malinowski’s high school activities include peer mediation, the mentoring program FOCUS (Finding Options for Conflict with Understanding & Support) and the Raiders Poms team. She is a member of the teen choir and youth group at St. Scholastica Parish in Woodridge.

This fall, Malinowski will attend St. Louis University’s School of Nursing in Missouri.

Derek Cazeau, Bolingbrook Hospital Foundation’s executive director, hopes their example will inspire other young people to follow their example.

“I commend these girls for setting high goals, to become outstanding nurses in their community,” Cazeau said.