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Lucy Byard Scholarship

Story by Adventist HealthCare Staff

We are excited to announce the winners of the 2023 Adventist HealthCare Lucy Byard Scholarship! Created last year, the scholarship honors the legacy of Lucy Byard and reaffirms Adventist HealthCare’s commitment to treat all people with respect and compassion. The scholarship is a need-based, merit opportunity for nursing students that helps address racial disparities and economic inequities.

New Recipients

Cameca Anderson – A student at Washington Adventist University and student nurse in the Emergency Department at Shady Grove Medical Center, Cameca says that her “passion for nursing stems from the fact that as a nurse, (she) will be able to provide patients and their families with holistic care at their most vulnerable times and guarantee the highest standard of care.”

Victoria Ofori – Growing up in rural Ghana, Howard University student Victoria was captivated by courses that deepened her understanding of diseases and explained ways to eliminate barriers to care. As a hospital volunteer, she realized that she wanted to be a nurse to “engage in conversations to eliminate healthcare disparities” as well as “strengthen communication and relationships between providers and patients.”

Continuing Scholars

Tianna Lawrence – Currently studying at Howard University, Tianna credits her experiences as a home health aide in teaching her that “patients just want to be seen and treated with compassion. They want someone that they can trust ... and I am devoted to being present for these people and dedicating my time and life to service.”

Junior Philogene – In 2016, Junior came to the United States, and he has worked tirelessly to become fluent in English and excel in school, including currently at Washington Adventist University. He has taken on many jobs to help support his family and shared that, “As a medical professional, I can ensure that people are healthy so they can have the opportunity to work toward their dreams, just like I have had that opportunity.” 

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