Financial support helps any student find success, but just as important can be the feeling that someone cares, says two-time UWindsor nursing grad Arbena Alushi (BScN 2011, MN 2018). A recipient of awards and scholarships during both her undergraduate and graduate careers, she credits them with helping her excel in her studies.
“I worked hard, and having someone believe in me gave me more motivation,” she said Tuesday at a reception for top-achieving students in nursing. “I see the accomplishment of students in this room, knowing that it’s not a solo event.”
Hosted by dean Linda Patrick, the Nursing Scholars Celebration recognized award-winning students, those who qualified for the dean’s honour roll with a grade point average of at least 80 per cent, and those on the President’s Honour Roll with a cumulative average of 90 per cent or higher.
“It is wonderful for us to be able to take time to acknowledge the achievements of our students, who will go on to contribute to our profession,” Dr. Patrick said. “Whatever path they choose, their care will benefit patients and society.”
The gesture was appreciated, said third-year honour student Miriam Guiliana.
“It’s nice for us students to be recognized for our academic work,” she said. “Plus it gave me a chance to network with my fellow students.”
Donor Al Cameron said his contributions to endow the Dr. Sheila Cameron Scholarship Fund just completed the work started by his late wife, who died in January 2016 after a UWindsor career that included appointments as a University Professor in nursing, director of the School of Nursing, and dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.
He said he was proud to be able to attend the event and witness the impact of giving on award recipients.
“I know my late wife would be thrilled to see what happened here today,” Cameron said.