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New scholarship supports students in B.S.N. completion program

Friday, February 11, 2011

FREDERICK, Md.—A new scholarship has been established a to support deserving students enrolled in Hood's bachelor of science in nursing completion program.

The George L. Shields Foundation honors the local philanthropist and longtime Frederick County businessman George Shields, and focuses on giving back to the local community where he lived and worked.

The scholarship, which is applied toward tuition and fees, will be awarded to up to four Frederick County students enrolled in the nursing program this year.

"The Shields Foundation is excited to help Hood College launch its new nursing program," said Bob Brenengen, a foundation officer and husband of Kim Longenecker Brenengen, a 1987 Hood alumna. "George Shields spent nearly 50 years in business in Frederick County. Contributing to Hood College helps keep his legacy of service to Frederick County alive for generations to come."

The BSN program, which debuted Jan. 24, was conceived in collaboration with Frederick Community College and Frederick Memorial Hospital. Registered nurses who already have an associate degree in nursing will be able to enroll in the program.

The degree complements the large nursing program at Frederick Community College, where the associate degree in nursing is offered. Of the more than 1,000 nurses in Frederick, most do not hold the B.S.N., and would be candidates for the degree.

"This generous gift will assist Frederick County registered nurses to complete their bachelor's degree close to home," said Carol Snapp, assistant professor of nursing and director of the B.S.N. program. "I am delighted to see such outstanding community support for Hood College and the new nursing program."

For more information on the bachelor of science in nursing degree completion program, contact Kathleen Bands, Ph.D., vice president for enrollment management, at (301) 696-3400 or by e-mail at bands@hood.edu.