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Hopkins Nursing Students Receive Scholarships and Study Abroad


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Posted: 9/14/2009

Brandon Quinn, Carrie Tudor, and Elizabeth Scala, three students at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON), have been selected to receive distinctive scholarships and honors. Quinn is the recipient of the $2,500 Vera Yip Scholarship from the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, Tudor received the Chinese Government Scholarship to study in China, and Scala was accepted to the Carey Augsberg-International Project at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School (CBS), an international competitive strategy course that is part of the CBS MBA program.

Quinn, a member of the JHUSON Accelerated Class of 2010, has dealt with a family history of cancer. His grandfather was a victim of colon cancer, while his father has endured a long battle with prostate cancer.

“This experience has had a positive impact on my life,” said Quinn. “It made me realize I like caring for people whether they are relatives or not. I also built a better bond with my dad and reaffirmed my desire for a career in health care.”

The Vera Yip Scholarship was established in late 2006 by famed interior designer and host of HGTV’s Deserving Design Vern Yip and his sister, who lost their mother to cancer. The program supports the financial needs of young adults who are impacted by cancer and seek higher education. Following graduation, Quinn plans to join the Army and attend the Army Anesthesia Program at Baylor University in Texas.

Tudor, a PhD student at the JHUSON, spent a decade working in global health and traveling around the world. For more than two years, she worked in Tibet testing traditional Tibetan medicine against western medicine in the prevention of post-partum hemorrhaging.

“With public health I never felt like I really needed any sort of clinical background,” Tudor says. “But observing these deliveries in Tibet, I really started feeling like having some sort of clinical background would help me. Nursing seemed to be the perfect bridge between public health and medicine.”

Tudor plans on using the Chinese scholarship to do preparatory work on a dissertation in China related to tuberculosis infection control.

As a requirement of her dual MSN/MBA program, Scala must complete a capstone class that is 6 weeks long.  She will be studying with two other American students, and three German students. 

“We are working with a client on a deliverable that we have to present at the end of the semester,” says Scala. “It is the culmination of all we have learned and applied in the MBA program: marketing, research, finance, accounting, etc.”