Eastern Star supports RCC nursing students

Cherie Carl, Martha Hancock, and Dr. Elizabeth “Sissy” Crowther

Cherie Carl, Martha Hancock, and Dr. Elizabeth “Sissy” Crowther

On December 2, the Eastern Star King Carter Chapter #5 in Kilmarnock made a $500 donation to Rappahannock Community College’s associate-degree nursing (ADN) program. Martha Hancock, the chapter’s treasurer, presented the check to RCC president Elizabeth “Sissy” Crowther and Cherie Carl, RCC’s dean of college advancement, on behalf of the chapter and its Worthy Matron, Bonnie Pettey. Pictured, left to right: Carl, Hancock, and Dr. Crowther.

This generous donation will benefit RCC nursing students through the ADN program’s discretionary fund. “The costs are high to enroll and remain in the nursing program,” says Carl, “and many times our students experience financial emergencies that, without the help of this fund, might force them to drop out.”

The head of the ADN program, Ellen Koehler, is authorized to make cash distributions covering needs which she judges as they arise. These could include books, fees, uniforms, clinical costs, or other financial obstacles that might prevent a student from completing the curriculum.

While visiting RCC’s Kilmarnock Center in order to deliver the Eastern Star donation, Mrs. Hancock enjoyed a tour of the facility, and viewed the modern nursing labs which provide such excellent learning opportunities for students enrolled in health sciences courses.