By Nathan Lamb
Somerville-Cambridge Elder Companies (SCES) has awarded John O’Neill Scholarships to assist the upper training of 4 native college students.
Established in 2017 to honor longtime SCES Government Director John O’Neill, the scholarship advantages excellent college students from Cambridge and Somerville who’re pursuing research in elder providers, well being care, advocacy, or coverage work.
The next college students will obtain $2,000 John O’Neill Scholarships in 2022:
Stephka Lubin lately graduated from Somerville Excessive Faculty. She beforehand interned on the Visiting Nurse Affiliation and took the Licensed Nurse Assistant examination in Could. She is going to attend the nursing program on the College of Massachusetts-Lowell this fall. “I discovered my place caring for folks,” she mentioned.
Tunmise Ogundeko lately graduated from Somerville Excessive Faculty. She beforehand interned with the Visiting Nurse Affiliation and took the Licensed Nurse Assistant examination in Could. She is going to attend the College of Massachusetts- Dartmouth nursing program this fall.
“I can’t wait to enter the actual world of sporting scrubs,” she mentioned.
Sarisha Ray lately graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin. Her resume contains work at soup kitchens and her faculty chapter of Amnesty Worldwide. Sarisha will attend the College of Massachusetts- Amherst this fall, the place she plans to review drugs and work with Docs With out Borders. “With change comes the invention of extra subjects and actions that make me really feel curious and passionate concerning the world that I’m in,” she mentioned.
Aaliya Shaikh is an Adams scholar from Cambridge Rindge and Latin. She interned on the Santa Maria Nursing Facility, did scientific work at Breakthrough Larger Boston and is licensed in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care. She took the Licensed Nurse Assistant examination in Could and plans to attend the U-Mass Boston nursing program this fall. “Working with the aged has performed an vital position in how I’ll maintain my sufferers,” she mentioned.
John O’Neill was Government Director at SCES for 38 years, and the scholarship fund was established to honor his lifelong dedication to making sure that older folks have choices to remain wholesome and stay of their houses.
A central purpose of the O’Neill Scholarship is to assist meet the rising want for advocates and leaders in fields that serve older adults. SCES Board President Leslie Hergert mentioned this class of students suits that invoice properly. “The SCES Board is all the time impressed by the scholars we interview for this award,” she mentioned. “Aaliya, Sarisha, Stephka, and Tunmise are shining examples of mixing educational dedication and neighborhood service in health-related fields. With this award, we honor their previous work, and assist their future research in areas we anticipate will contribute to the well-being of our communities’ elders.”
seniors at Somerville Excessive Faculty and Cambridge Rindge and Latin Faculty ought to contact their faculty counseling workplace for info on apply.
Somerville-Cambridge Elder Companies is a non-profit company that helps the independence and well-being of older adults in Somerville and Cambridge. The O’Neill Scholarship is a donation-driven effort. To study extra about supporting the O’Neill Scholarship, go to the SCES Donations web page, name 617‐628-2601 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.