HACC Foundation Scholarship Recipients at Convocation

HACC Foundation Scholarship Recipients at Convocation


Good afternoon, my name is Brandy Stabley
and I’m a nursing student here at HACC. I’ll be starting my final year of
clinicals and I’m a little nauseous.[laughter] But I’ve had the honor of being the
recipient of several HACC Foundation awards, these scholarships have meant so much to me,
making ends meet is a constant struggle. I’m a full time student,
I work two part-time jobs, I hold a regional leadership position within Phi
Theta Kappa, international honor society and I’m a single mother to three very
active young men. Receiving scholarship money allowed me
to cut back on the amount of hours I work, making it possible to choose the full time nursing
program rather than the part-time program, which means I will graduate and complete my degree and get out into the work force a full year sooner, but more importantly, the scholarships allowed
me to remain a HACC student period. Many nursing students choose
to coast through two-year institution, racking up general education requirements
which they can quickly transfer to a four-year college. They put them towards their bachelor’s degree that you,
don’t get me wrong, a bachelor’s degree is a worthy endeavor
that I hope to one day obtain, it could help increase your financial worth
and your career goals, but in the meantime for me I plan to continue
taking full advantage of every opportunity HACC offers me and complete my
associates degree first. Besides receiving a quality education from
top notch professors and staff who truly have a genuine desire
to see their students succeed, I have also chosen to participate in some of
HACC’s clubs and organizations. Doing so has given me the opportunity to represent HACC in a variety of different ways, both at college events and within the community.
I have been to the state capital where I have had the opportunity to speak
with legislators on the behalf of the students and talk with them about the benefits
of attending Community College and the importance of keeping Pennsylvania’s community colleges adequately funded. I have also had the pleasure of attending two of
Phi Theta Kappa’s international conventions where I gained a wealth of knowledge
on topics like leadership, communication, organization
and service to the community which I have passed along to
the students of HACC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter. The college’s fundraising campaign also supports
the emergency assistance funds of which I was also a recipient.
The summer before I began my nursing clinicals was especially difficult for my family,
my youngest son lost his father which created not only emotional stress
but much financial strain as well. I simply did not have enough money
to acquire all of the required textbooks, computer programs, equipment
and supplies necessary to begin clinicals. It was because of the monies
from the emergency assistance funds that I was even able to begin the
program last fall. Each day students face the challenge of not only paying for their tuition and course fees, but also the added expense of these necessary books
and computer program supplies. While working at the York Campus bookstore,
I frequently encounter students that are completely overwhelmed and frustrated
when they see how expensive books are. The cost of just a book can be the deciding factor in whether a student can take that class or not. While I empathize with them
and explain to them very carefully that it is through no fault
of the school that the textbook prices are high, I also tell them about the
emergency assistance funds. They quickly throw back at me no one ever receives
those scholarships, and I say yes they do, and share a little bit of my experience and they are unable to hide the hope that covers their face as they realize
there’s help available. I’m grateful that the Foundation also raises money to
support our faculties innovative ideas and needed enhancements to the campus through
the President’s Fund for Excellence. Within this past year alone the York
campus received $95,000 from this fund to expand our awesome Writing Center.
Additionally, funds were also acquired to establish a radio station and another
program that partners HACC’s honor students with local high school students
in a resume writing workshop. I am personally very excited about seeing
these initiatives come to fruition. I’ve shared with you a few of the many great
reasons I have to be thankful to the HACC Foundation, but there is yet one more
that I consider to be the most important one. My boys, they are the reason I returned to school,
they are the driving force behind my determination to succeed.
They have supported me, cheered me on and even let me practice
a couple nursing skills on them. [laughter] I am fully convinced that by watching
me work so hard to overcome obstacles and accepting help from others when it is offered,
they have been learning just what commitment, hard work and dedication
can accomplish. It is with great pride that I can stand here today and say my twin sons graduated high school last June. You see, they have a few medical issues, that does deserve a round of applause, [applause] You have no idea. They have several
medical issues that make every day, every single day a challenge and there were many times we
were not sure they would even finish high school. But now Levi has a full-time
job and Owen is even considering college. And as for my Noah he has worked his way up to
a stellar report card and looks forward to the day he can explore his own
educational opportunities at HACC. [applause] I am filled with gratitude for all of the experiences I have had during my four years so far at HACC. I am confident that when I graduate I will not just have an associate’s degree, I will have obtained invaluable life skills that will carry with me through my career as a registered nurse. Thank you. [applause]

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