Dan Gurley was on hand recently to congratulate Alisha Frederick, Sampson Community College Practical Nursing instructor, on being the first recipient of the Lucinda Parnell Gurley Nursing Grant that was established to assist SCC nursing faculty with career development and other department needs.
The Gurley Grant will help Frederick with tuition for the Nursing Education Educator Development course. The 13-week NEED program will meet newly revised standards of the NC Board of Nursing.
Lisa Turlington, executive director of the SCC Foundation commented, “We all remember Cindy as someone who encouraged others to achieve in many ways, but she was especially passionate about supporting colleagues and students in the field of nursing.”
Former nursing department chairwoman Mary Brown noted, “Known for her humility, Cindy always gave credit to her outstanding staff when she was so often recognized as the leader of her department.”
Dan and his wife Leigh are both supporters of the Foundation, and he emphasized, “Cindy’s belief was that Sampson Community College provides the opportunity to fulfill the dream of earning a degree in nursing, and she was very proud of the quality of faculty as well as the nurses graduating from this program.”
The Lucinda Parnell Gurley Nursing Grants grew from the Scholarship Program that was established in 2010 by Dan Gurley and friends and family to honor the memory of Cindy Gurley, former Sampson Community College nursing instructor and Chairperson of Healthcare Programs. The scholarship and grant fund pay tribute to the high value that she placed on education and learning.
Wanda Capps, division chairwoman of Healthcare Programs, reflected “Those who loved Cindy want her to be remembered for her compassion as a nurse, patience as a teacher, sense of humor as a friend, and deep faith as a Christian.”