Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition presents 22 scholarships with value of $74,000

Recipients honored by organization representatives

(From left) Charles Baumann, co-founder of SNAC; Roxie Jerde, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County; scholarship recipients Elizabeth Endress, Emily Koch, Kenneth Elliott, Dorothy Neufeld, Damon McIntyre and Nathalie Barr; Jan Mauck, former chief nursing officer, Sarasota Memorial Health Care System and co-founder of SNAC; scholarship recipient Yulia Crosley; and Earl Young, scholarships manager for the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Contributed photo

The Suncoast Nursing Action Coalition (SNAC) has awarded 22 scholarships totaling $74,000 “to strengthen the region¹s nursing workforce and boost the number of nursing school instructors training students on the Suncoast,” the coalition has announced.

“The scholarships are part of a grassroots plan to develop a robust pipeline of well-educated nurses to replace a wave of retiring nurses and ensure continued access to safe, high quality care on the Suncoast,” a news release explains.

Many of the recipients gathered Wednesday, Aug. 15, to meet donors who made the funding possible and share personal stories about how the funding is helping them achieve their dreams of a nursing career, the release added.

More information about the coalition is available on the SNAC website,