First Nicole M. Hall Scholarship awarded at Three Rivers College

SIKESTON, Mo. (KBSI) – According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of registered nurses is projected to grow six percent from 2021 to 2031. 

Three Rivers Endowment Trust Executive Director Michelle Reynolds says with schoolwork, work and families, some students need the extra cushion.  

“Whether it be the classroom work the clinical work the lab ab work just a very intense program a lot of our nursing students also have a family their mothers and for them to have this little bit of extra money it provides a cushion,” said Reynolds. 

Nicole Hall and her husband Steve created the Nicole M. Hall Scholarship for Practical Nursing with the Three Rivers Endowment Trust.  

Hall was a non-traditional student with a young son while she went through school and understand the challenges of being a parent and student.  

“I heard GPA reflected that she had the highest GPA of the applicants and then what got me the most was the ability for her to be able to spend more time with her boys,” said Hall. 

The first recipient of this scholarship is Toni Boyd. 

“I’ve been in the nursing field for 20 years and I just want a better life for me and my boys and to help people that’s all I ever wanted to do was be a nurse,” said Boyd. 

Hall says she wants Toni and others to believe they can do anything and know someone is rooting for them. 

“And came from a small town I knew from a very young age that I wanted to make a difference and so just never give up,” said Hall. 

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