Norton Community Hospital Foundation and Norton Community Hospital Auxiliary have provided a boost for a scholarship fund that benefits nursing students at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise.

The scholarship, called the Norton Community Hospital Nursing and Allied Health Scholarship – is designed to help meet the growing need for more health care professionals in Southwest Virginia.

The $18,000 gift to the scholarship will help qualified nursing students from the city of Norton and the counties of Wise, Dickenson, Lee and Buchanan.

“Norton Community Hospital appreciates our heritage of partnership with The University of Virginia’s College at Wise,” said Mark Leonard, vice president and chief executive officer with Norton Community Hospital. “The Norton Community Hospital Foundation established this scholarship in order to respond to the growing need for health care professionals in our region. A career in nursing or allied health can be exciting and professionally rewarding.”

Leonard explained that the scholarship would serve as an incentive for young men and women from the region to pursue these career options in Southwest Virginia.

“In addition, developing these jobs locally will also complement the College’s efforts to revitalize economic development in our region,” Leonard said. “We appreciate the support from the Norton Community Hospital Foundation – as well as the Norton Community Hospital Auxiliary and our team members – in making this gift possible.”

UVa-Wise Chancellor Donna P. Henry accepted the gift on behalf of the College.

“The University of Virginia’s College at Wise nursing program is strenuous, competitive and well respected,” Henry said. “UVa-Wise faculty do a wonderful job of preparing our students for effective and ethical careers in nursing. Our students have exceptional licensure passage rates and are fully employed upon graduation.”
Henry spoke about the College’s positive relationship with Norton Community Hospital.

“The hospital has been a steadfast and invaluable partner to the College,” Henry said. “This scholarship, along with others from Norton Community Hospital, eases families’ financial obligations and opens avenues to a career path that is indispensable to our community and our nation. We are grateful for Mark Leonard’s leadership and the hospital community for their continued support and their commitment to our students and region.”