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Elizondo awarded first Homa W. Boren Nursing Scholarship

Henderson, Texas - Minerva Elizondo, a 2013 graduate of Henderson High School, has been awarded the first Homa W. Boren Nursing Scholarship.

The scholarship is funded through an $865,000 estate gift from the late Ruby Dean.  The gift was received by the Henderson Memorial Hospital board in 2012 for the purpose of advancing nursing education in association with ETMC Henderson. 

Elizondo is the daughter of Pablo Elizondo. She plans to attend Tyler Junior College for two years then transfer to Texas Tech University to complete her bachelor's degree in nursing. Her long-range goal is to return to Henderson to work as a nurse.

Elizondo was chosen by the Henderson Memorial Hospital Board of Directors from a pool of applicants as the recipient of the scholarship based on her scholastic merit, extracurricular activities and a written essay.

The Boren Nursing Scholarship can be extended each year for its recipient, meaning that funding could be applied for up to four years of education. As part of the process, recipients sign letters of agreement that require them to apply at ETMC Henderson upon graduation, thus ensuring that both the students and local hospital benefit from the scholarships.

"We are excited to help Miss Elizondo begin her college and career path due to this generous scholarship," noted Mark Leitner, ETMC Henderson administrator.  "The need for nurses in Texas will only continue to grow in the years ahead, making this scholarship important to ETMC Henderson and the young people it will serve."