Allex Granger, who was the recipient of the John J. Murphy Family and Pat McGee Nursing scholarships, was the student speaker at the Friends of the Foundation luncheon in 2011. Her words and poise made such an impact on the audience then and we had a feeling Allex was going to be successful. Checking back in with her we learned our instincts were correct! Allex is just one reason (and there are many more equally talented students in our scholarship listing) that scholarships are so important – they are investments not only in an individual, but in the promise and future contributions that individual represents to our society. — Karen Niemic Buchheit, CRCF executive director
Receiving scholarships [the John J. Murphy Scholarship & the Pat McGee Nursing Scholarship] from the Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation has been such a blessing. As a student funding most of my college education, a great weight was lifted off my shoulders when I received the award. Instead of having to balance work and school to fund my education, I am able to focus entirely on my demanding nursing curriculum.
I have maintained a 4.0 GPA and was recently inducted into the nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau International. I have been a part of Edinboro University’s Student Nurses Organization since I was a freshman, starting out as a member and working up to President. I have also been a member of the Circle K Club and have been involved in many on- and off-campus community service projects.
Currently, I am a student nurse intern at UPMC Hamot in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). My goal after graduation is to work at Duke University Hospital as a registered nurse to gain experience before returning to graduate school.
I cannot thank the Community Foundation and the donors enough for this wonderful gift. Your contributions, coupled with my early desire, has exploded into a passion for caring for others. Your donations will exponentially grow as I touch patients’ lives and contribute to the well-being of healthcare.
– Allex N. Granger