Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Cherokee A Nurse I Am Scholarship!

Scholarship recipients each receive $2,000 toward defraying the cost of their nursing education.

The winners of the 2016 scholarship are Tomer Gutwaks (Rutgers School of Nursing – New Brunswick, NJ), Alasia Ledford (University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Nursing), Jessica Lusk (State University of New York Adirondack – Queensbury, NY), Nicole Melton (Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing – Richmond, Va.), Amy Smith (MGH Institute of Health Professions – Boston, Mass.), AnneMarie Swartz (Messiah College – Mechanicsburg, Penn.), and Saundra Snow (University of Louisville – Owensboro, Ky.)

Selection was based on an essay written in response to the inspirational nurses' film, "A Nurse I Am". Entrants were asked to address the following questions in their essays: As nurses continually interact with sick people, they may develop “compassion fatigue” over time and become hardened to the reality of difficulty and pain in patients’ lives. (1) Describe how one of the nurses in the “A Nurse I Am” videos overcame this challenge. (2) How did their view of their patients help them maintain their compassion? (3) Explain how you plan to maintain compassion in your nursing work over the long term.

2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the Cherokee Uniforms A Nurse I Am Scholarship. Since 2007, Cherokee has provided 94 scholarships to student nurses, totaling $188,000. For more on Cherokee Uniforms, visit


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