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OCU announces Saints & Stars nursing scholars

Oklahoma City University has announced its incoming Saints & Stars nursing scholars for the fall 2023 semester.

The Saints & Stars program is a five-year agreement between SSM Health St. Anthony Hospital and OCU’s Kramer School of Nursing. It is aimed at helping stem the critical shortage of nursing professionals in the state.

The partnership allows students to work part-time with SSM Health while they complete their nursing degree, while also receiving a $3,500 annual scholarship from SSM Health and a $5,000 annual discount from OCU.

The latest Saints & Stars scholars are:

  • Sarah Burlingame, Olympia, Washington
  • Hallie Crom, Choctaw
  • Leighla Hall, Oklahoma City
  • Kirstan Kolker, Choctaw
  • Eloise Kropp, Edmond
  • Nikki Lynn, Tuttle
  • Celine Nguyen, Moore
  • Diana Escobedo, Arcadia
  • Elizabeth Reidlinger, Oklahoma City
  • Alexis Rose, Choctaw
  • Shawna Smith, Oklahoma City
  • Michael Uwaeke, Oklahoma City
  • Miranda Kelly, Oklahoma City
  • Jia Wu, Mustang
  • Abigail Grace, Norman
  • Amanda Creson, Yukon
  • Ashton Seratte, Norman
  • Jacky Trinidad, Norman
  • Mariolise Sama, Oklahoma City
  • Shalonda Whitfield, Mustang

Up to 20 pre-licensure junior students are selected to participate in the program each year through the 2025-26 academic year. The deadline to apply for a Saints & Stars scholarship is May 10. Visit okcu.edu/nursing/scholarships

for more information.

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