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First Year Nursing Student Wins National Hispanic Nurses Scholarship

Lauren Valdes, a first year nursing student at Penn Nursing, was awarded the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN) scholarship, which recognizes academic excellence and community service.

Lauren accepted the award at a recent NAHN Scholarship Gala, coordinated by its local Philadelphia chapter, which consists of more than twenty registered nurses of varying professional and educational background. Its members provide an important voice for Hispanic nurses and the Hispanic community of Philadelphia and surrounding areas. They are active in local health care issues and committed to increasing educational and professional opportunities for Hispanic nurses and nursing students through its dedication to networking, scholarships, and mentoring. Also Penn Nursing’s Dean Antonia Villarruel gave the keynote address for the evening’s gala.

Lauren says, “Receiving this scholarship means so much. It puts me one step closer to my goal of graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.”

Currently, Lauren is a member of the Student Nurses at Penn (SNAP) and is interested in infant and women’s health, with the goal of being a neonatal or obstetrics/gynecologic nurse practitioner one day.