Family and Friends Support The Adam E. Staszko Memorial Scholarship
Joan and Steve Egbertson marked their 50th wedding anniversary in May and turned a family celebration into gifts to the College’s Associate Degree in Nursing program.
Faculty Emerita Egbertson retired in 2012 from the nursing program. To give something back she created a scholarship in memory of her father, Adam Edward Staszko. She’s supported the memorial scholarship every year since.
But for the coronavirus, the Egbertsons’ milestone was to be a social gathering at Crystal Peak in Winchester, a popular site for weddings and anniversary parties.
In lieu of a banquet, however, family, friends, former colleagues and neighbors are responding with gifts in support of the memorial scholarship named for Joan’s father. “Your presence is your gift” read the invitation to invitees and the “RSVPs” are still coming in.
Joan’s personal giving has now multiplied into nearly 40 gifts sent to Dawn R. Bunting, the Nursing Division Director. The anniversary donations will make more Adam E Staszko scholarships possible in 2021.
The Adam E. Staszko Memorial Scholarship is one of six faculty-recommended scholarships for nursing majors made possible by annual and endowment gifts to the Foundation. They are awarded every May at the College’s annual Student Awards Night.
In addition to the Staszko award, they include the Laurel Anderson Memorial Scholarship, the Eileen Helwig Memorial Scholarship, the George J. and Anna T. Repicky Memorial Award, the Judee R. Lauria Memorial Award and the Scholarship in honor of Dannie Kennedy. This year 14 Registered Nurse (RN) candidates received awards totalling $9,300, including three recipients who received the Staszko scholarship. Overall the College Foundation provided $90,000 in financial aid to Capital students in 2019-2020.
CCC’s nationally accredited Associate Degree in Nursing Program is one of the highest enrolled degree-granting RN programs in the state and region and the first established at Connecticut’s community colleges in 1974. Five other community colleges are now a part of the Connecticut Community College Nursing Program (CT-CCNP) that offers a four-semester, 68 credit curriculum leading to the associate degree and RN licensure.