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Scholarship Winner Shares Education Plans

Transfer Times is happy to announce that Jordann H. is the winner of the Transfer Times $6,000 Fall Scholarship Contest. She is currently attending Ivy Tech Community College and plans to graduate next December with an Associate of Science in Nursing, take the NCLEX-RN exam (a nursing licensing exam) and then transfer to a 4-year school to complete a RN to BSN nursing program.

Jordann says she has decided to transfer to a four-year college to better herself and family, which includes her husband (who is an active duty Marine) and their three-year-old daughter.  In the past six years, Jordann and her husband have moved three times across the United States.

“As my husband continues to be a member of the Marines, we both know there will be future moves, relocating our entire family and forcing me to find new jobs,” said Jordann. “In those future moves, I want to be secure in my decision to become a nurse by obtaining a bachelor’s degree. By doing this, I know I will be able to find a job anywhere the military takes us.”

Jordann says attending Ivy Tech Community College is preparing her to be successful in the future and she appreciates many aspects of this small-college feel. “The small, 40 student cohort has made me feel like I have gained not only friends, but family as well, from both students and instructors alike. The personalized attention of a community college has made me feel like my teachers and department chair want me to succeed as a student and become a successful member of society. They are committed to preparing me to be the best that I can be.”

Cost was also a big factor for Jordann attending Ivy Tech. “The cost difference from being a student at Ivy Tech, rather than at another college has been significant,” said Jordann. “Through financial aid, I have not had to worry about if I am going to be able to afford tuition and books.”

Jordann attended a four-year university right out of high school several years ago, but she says it didn’t work out. “I personally did not thrive in that environment. Now, thanks to Ivy Tech, I feel confident in my ability to take what I have learned here to a four-year school.”

Jordann says the most important thing she has learned is to ask for help. “Never be ashamed to ask for help when you know that you need it and sometimes even when you are not sure if you need it. There will always be help for those in need, so just ask.”

Soon after graduation from Ivy Tech, Jordann’s husband will receive his orders of where they will move next. Because of the uncertainty of where they will move, Jordann says Ohio Christian University’s online RN to BSN program will work well for her to continue her education. “I really feel like OCU is going to be a good fit for me and my busy lifestyle. It will help me succeed to reach my goals not only for myself, but for my family as well.”