As BLS members, we strive to protect and improve the lives of local seniors by staying informed about and involved in issues affecting older adults, but we also want to instill this level of commitment in students who are pursuing careers in the fields of aging. That is why BLS established our competitive scholarship. Every year, local students who plan to pursue a career serving older adults and are enrolled in a post-secondary program are encouraged to apply for a BLS Scholarship. After reviewing the qualifications and interviewing the top applicants, we award up to two $1000 scholarships annually. Winners from previous years have been enrolled in various areas of study from Pharmacy to Social Work to Nursing to Library Science, which demonstrates the diverse aspects of seniors’ lives that will be impacted by these students as they pursue their careers.
This year’s winners are Madison Roberts and Sarah Hedger, who happen to share more than a few similarities. Both are currently enrolled in University of Tampa’s Nursing program and will graduate with their BSN degrees in May 2023. They recently became CNAs so they could have a more hands-on nursing experience as they continue their education. And, in addition to being hard-working, articulate, and committed to serving older adults, both of them enthusiastically expressed the joy, knowledge and fulfillment they receive from working with older adults.
Congratulation Madison and Sarah! We are encouraged by your passion and commitment to serving seniors and wish both of you the best of luck.