Largo Certified Nursing Assistant Earns Scholarship from Florida Health Care Association to Further Career

Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) recently granted Sylvia Ware, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) at Bardmoor Oaks Health & Rehabilitation Center in Largo, the Bruce Taylor Scholarship Award.

This award was recently given to help six front-line caregivers achieve their goal of becoming nurses, with a total of $3,750 in scholarships. Ware received $750 to pursue a Registered Nurse degree.

Each scholarship recipient is currently enrolled in a program to advance their clinical studies, has demonstrated a commitment to the residents entrusted to their care, shown leadership potential among their peers, and shared their personal story on why they want to continue their education.

“Florida needs nurses, and FHCA is pleased to support these health care heroes as they advance their clinical studies,” said Emmett Reed, Chief Executive Officer of Florida Health Care Association. “Sylvia Ware has shown her passion for the profession and compassion for her residents, and FHCA commends her ambition to further her education and help Florida meet a growing need.”

Other recipients of FHCA Bruce Taylor Scholarship Awards for the fall cycle are:

  • Tracye Miller, Admissions Assistant at Plantation Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Plantation, received $500 to pursue an RN degree;
  • Barbara Hosler, an LPN at Menorah Life in St. Petersburg, received $500 toward a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to RN bridge program;
  • Cobenis Diaz, an LPN at Palm Garden of Clearwater, received $750 toward the LPN to Assistant Director of Nursing bridge program;
  • Kelly Kelson, a Home Health Aide at Village on the Green in Longwood, received $500 to pursue an LPN degree; and
  • Leocadia Vargas, Housekeeping Laundry Director at Jackson Gardens Health and Rehabilitation Center in Miami, received $750 to pursue an RN degree.

The Bruce Taylor Scholarship was established to provide resources for FHCA member nursing center and assisted living facility staff to further their education and pursue their career goals in nursing. Scholarships are awarded twice a year and funded through the Florida Health Care Education & Development Foundation, the Association’s charitable foundation.