Three Lincoln County nursing students are this year’s recipients of the Gribler Loving Trust Nursing Scholarship from the Pacific Communities Health District (PCHD) Foundation. Gabrielle “Gabby” Denison of Toledo was awarded $3,000 toward her education, while Kaci Noah of Newport and Joy Thayer of Siletz each received $1,500.
Denison will begin the two-year nursing education program at Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC) in the fall. She is a licensed massage therapist who had worked a variety of jobs, from lifeguard to chiropractic assistant, before making the commitment to become a registered nurse with the ultimate goal of being a nurse practitioner. “When I attended massage school, I knew the medical field was where I needed to be. There’s something about helping to relieve someone’s pain or providing comfort when it’s needed that is so incredibly rewarding,” Denison wrote in her scholarship application.
Noah has been a certified nursing assistant at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital for the past 10 years. She is beginning her first year of nursing school at OCCC. “My inspiration to become an RN comes from caring for patients for many years. I feel like I have more to offer to my peers, patients and community. By becoming an RN, I will set an example for my children. They will learn that you can accomplish anything no matter age, barriers and socioeconomic status. I plan to be the best registered nurse that I can be,” Noah wrote in her application.
Thayer was born and raised in the Philippines before immigrating to the United State as a young adult. She has 14 years of experience as a certified nursing assistant, the last nine years while employed at Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. She is beginning her second year of nursing school at OCCC. “Being in the medical field has always been my passion since I was a child. My goal is to become a registered nurse because it is a wonderful career with amazing responsibilities. I have profound respect for nurses, and I take pride and honor as a CNA to be able to take care of patients,” she wrote.
The scholarship is named for Olga and Bill Gribler, who were active in the Newport community beginning in 1947. Olga worked for the telephone company and later at the Bank of Newport. Bill taught music and entertained throughout the community. The Griblers established this generous scholarship with the PCHD Foundation to address the ongoing need for quality nurses in this rural area. To date, the PCHD Foundation has awarded more than $62,000 in Gribler scholarships to 21 students, including this year’s recipients.
For more information about the PCHD Foundation, visit samhealth.org/PCHDF or call 541-270-6413.