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Tina McNay’s advice for graduating? “Never give up!”

This May, at the age of 40, and a mother of five, Tina will be crossing the stage with her bachelor’s degree in nursing.

“I’m not even certain there will be words to describe what it will feel like to walk across the stage. This is a goal I have been chasing for over a decade.”
She has been pursuing a nursing degree for 15 years on and off. At times she struggled thinking, “Is this right for me? Can I do this?”

Tina was a certified medical assistant for the majority of her professional career before going back to school. She worked in the office of Dr. Christopher South, whom was also one of her supporters. He told her that she had the skills and the talent to become a nurse and encouraged her to chase her dream.

“Nursing was something I had always wanted to do. But having 5 kids, it didn’t seem feasible to go back to school.”

With the support of her family, Tina decided to pursue her degree. She just wasn’t sure how she would pay for it.

So Tina turned to scholarships. She applied and waited.

“When I got the letter that I received the Western & Southern Scholarship, everything just stood still. It made me realize what other people had be telling me – that I was worth it.”

Tina has really embraced being a student. She serves as the current President of The Student Nurses Association on campus and is serving on the nursing graduation committee.

What’s the next step for Tina? After graduating she plans on working in the ICU for a few years then ultimately pursuing her Master’s.

Tina remains incredibly grateful to Western & Southern for selecting her for their scholarship. “I can honestly say that, without this scholarship, I would not be crossing the stage in May.”

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