Adedoyin Ogunbona, a second year student in the Associate Degree in Nursing Program, is one of four undergraduates to receive a 2018 scholarship from the Northern Connecticut Black Nurses Association (NCBNA).
The NCBNA held its 21st annual awards luncheon on September 29th at Hartford’s Chowder Pot restaurant recognizing scholarship, collaborative spirit and community service award recipients.
Adedoyin Ogunbona’s “passion for education and caring for the sick was formed in her native home of Nigeria,” said NCBNA Member Marlene Harris of Hartford Hospital in recognizing recipients. “Her professors describe her as consistently engaged and continuously seeking new learning opportunities.” Ms. Ogunbona’s goal is to eventually return to Nigeria to bring quality health care services and education to her native country.
Also receiving $1,000 scholarships were Ciera Carter, a senior nursing student at the University of Saint Joseph,; Dazjia Green, a junior at the University of Connecticut, and; Stacy-Ann Wallen, a student ambassador and nursing major at the University of Connecticut.
Receiving a Community Service Award were Hartford’s Henrietta Beckman and Rev. Henry Brown of Mothers United Against Violence (MUAV), a group founded in 2003 to support victims’ families and to organize and promote anti-violence activities. Susanne P. Yeakel, a Nurse Director of Surgical Services at Hartford Hospital.
In 2018-2019, Association members are mentoring five Capital CC nursing majors and 11 other students from other colleges and universities. Mentors include Capital Alumna Vicie Brooks, a Community Liaison Nurse at Hartford Hospital and NCBNA President Florence Johnson, a consulting manager at Qualidigm, a national health care consulting organization.
The northern Connecticut chapter is affiliated with the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) and its mission is “to provide a forum for collective action by African-American nurses to investigate, define and determine what the health care needs of African-Americans are and to implement change to make available to African Americans and other minorities health care commensurate with that of the larger society.”