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Nursing student Diane Stein wins national scholarship

May 9, 2008

KALAMAZOO--A Western Michigan University nursing student has won a prestigious national scholarship seldom awarded to an undergraduate.

Diane Stein, of Plainwell, Mich., has been awarded a $2,000 undergraduate scholarship from the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation. The scholarships are awarded in memory of Roberta Pierce Scofield, an oncology nurse and first president of the Oncology Nursing Certification Corp., who died of cancer in 1988.

The scholarships are intended to improve oncology nursing by assisting individuals with their nursing education.

"This is a highly competitive scholarship. That it is rarely awarded to an undergraduate student makes it an even more significant achievement," says Dr. Mary Ann Stark, WMU associate professor of nursing and one of Stein's instructors. "In the Bronson School of Nursing, we encourage students to be involved in professional nursing organizations such as the Oncology Nursing Society. Diane is actively engaged in professional nursing as a student. With this scholarship, the foundation recognized what a quality student Diane is."

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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