The BSN Class of 2003 scholarship, established as senior gift to the SON, was the first of its kind initiated by students. The hard working seniors raised an unprecedented $10,000 to create the fund and began a lasting legacy for the class.
Now, the hard work has paid off, and the first BSN Class of 2003 scholar is beginning her career in nursing. Jessica Savidge, BSN ’08, RN, passed the NCLEX and joined the surgical intensive care unit at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, N.C. An Ayden, N.C. native, Savidge will be returning to a geographic area she knows well, but with a new wealth of knowledge and experience gained during her Carolina nursing days. Her academic excellence, leadership and community service made her an ideal choice for the first award.
Often called “superwoman” by her friends, Savidge was the kind of student who made the most of every opportunity. During her junior year she attended the UNC Campus Y Catalyst Program, which inspired her to come to Chapel Hill, even turning down additional scholarship money from other schools. Her volunteer activities with Campus Y, the OB/GYN Clinic at UNC Hospitals and time spent as an HIV counselor with the Student Health Action Coalition solidified skills learned in her coursework. She balanced this with jobs at the Student Recreation Center and as a nursing assistant. Savidge chose to do an honors research project, spend a spring break providing care on the SON-sponsored Gulf Coast trip and vary her clinical experiences by selecting a very small hospital in Southport, NC., for an externship. A graduate of the Public Service Scholars Program, her future plans include working hard, staying involved in serving her community and furthering her education.
Savidge’s elected position as secretary of the class board was one of the most rewarding parts of her overall student experience. Through this role she spent her own senior year fundraising for an unprecedented class gift – one with the highest-ever student participation. This is just one more way in which Savidge truly embodies excellence in the criteria set forth by the BSN Class of 2003.
Alumni and friends can still contribute to this great fund. Contact Anne Webb in the SON Advancement Office for more information, Anne_Webb@unc.edu or (919) 966-4619.