Dawn Simone, a nursing student at Johnston Community College, has been named a 2014 Frank Lanza Scholar by Phi Theta Kappa. The Wendell resident is one of 20 students nationwide to receive the honor.
Frank Lanza Scholars receive $2,500 scholarships to earn associate degrees in nursing, respiratory care or emergency medical services.
At JCC, Simone is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the Johnston Community Association of Nursing Students and the Psychology Club. She enjoys mentoring other nursing students.
A first-generation college student, Simone said her experience at JCC had made a positive impression on her daughter and two sons. Her 18-year-old daughter is now a JCC student too.
“This really comes at a fantastic time, and I’m so grateful for this award,” said Simone, a second-year nursing student. “My experience at JCC has been great. I’ve always liked school, and I’ve had really good instructors here at JCC.”
After she graduates next May with her associate’s degree, Simone hopes to begin working in a local hospital. She is also interested in transferring to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington to pursue her bachelor’s degree in nursing.
Peggy Woods, a JCC nursing instructor, said Simone is a hardworking student who goes the extra mile to help others.
“Dawn is a phenomenal student in many ways,” Woods said. “She is a class leader, she eagerly mentors the first-level students, and she possesses compassionate and competent care at the bedside. She will no doubt be a future leader in nursing.”