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For Immediate Release:
June 13, 2013

Contact: Kevin Nash

University of Maryland School of Nursing Student Awarded Scholarship from American Cancer Society

Baltimore, Md. – Sabrina Bielfeldt, a master’s student specializing in leadership and management in nursing at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), has been awarded a Graduate Scholarship in Cancer Nursing for 2013-14 from the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Bielfeldt, a student in the Health Services Leadership and Management master’s specialty, has many years of experience in cancer nursing in direct care and as a supervisor and recently completed her first year in the program with a 4.0 grade point average.

According to ACS, more than 1 million people in the United States are diagnosed with cancer each year. ACS’s scholarship is a $10,000 yearly award offered for a maximum of two years to graduate students who seek to care for cancer patients. The scholarship aids students with tuition and related expenses. Applicants are judged by their professional experience, contributions to the field, membership in relevant professional organizations, involvement with cancer-related volunteer activities, and progress in their graduate program. Several UMSON students have been recipients of the scholarship over the years.

“Sabrina is the type of student who loves to learn and improve her skills. She is a joy to have in a graduate nursing classroom,” said UMSON Assistant Professor Nancy Lerner, DNP, RN. “This award allows students to focus on their classwork without worrying about where their tuition will come from or how they are going to pay loans back, taking the concern of finances out of the learning equation. In addition, this award validates her value as a nurse and contributor to the profession.”

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The University of Maryland School of Nursing, founded in 1889, is one of the oldest and largest nursing schools, and is ranked eleventh nationally. Enrolling nearly 1,700 students in its baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, the School develops leaders who shape the profession of nursing and impact the health care environment.

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