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Jaedyn Lallithan

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Hello! My name is Jaedyn Lallithan! I'm going to Muskingum University to Major in The BSN (bachelor's of science & nursing) program. I would like to use my degree to become an advanced practice psychiatric nurse! I have always had a passion for helping people with their mental health, and I would be honored to be able to help people who struggle with disorders!

Education

Muskingum University

Bachelor's degree program
2024 - 2028
  • Majors:
    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
  • Minors:
    • Psychology, General

Cambridge High School

High School
2020 - 2024

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Graduate schools of interest:

  • Transfer schools of interest:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Psychology, General
    • Sociology
    • Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions
    • Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing
    • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Mental Health Care

    • Dream career goals:

      Psychiatric nurse

    • Cashier, Salad maker, Dishwasher

      Wendys
      2019 – 20212 years

    Sports

    Track & Field

    Junior Varsity
    2022 – 20242 years

    Awards

    • JV letter
    • Most Improved

    Volleyball

    Varsity
    2022 – 20231 year

    Awards

    • Varsity Letter

    Research

    • Human Biology

      School — Student
      2022 – 2023

    Arts

    • Cambridge High School Chorale

      Performance Art
      Concerts
      2017 – Present

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Homeless center — organizing
      2022 – 2023
    Wieland Nurse Appreciation Scholarship
    Pursuing a degree in mental health nursing is about more than just acquiring knowledge and clinical skills - it is about embarking on a journey to change the world, one compassionate interaction at a time. As a woman with this specialized training, I will be uniquely positioned to tackle one of society's greatest challenges: breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness and ensuring that all individuals have access to high-quality, comprehensive care. One of the most powerful tools I will wield is understanding. Through my studies, I will gain invaluable insights into the complexities of the human mind and the myriad factors that can contribute to mental health struggles. This deeper comprehension will allow me to approach each patient interaction with empathy, free from judgment or preconceived notions. In a world where mental illness is still so widely misunderstood, this capacity for genuine understanding has the power to transform lives. Furthermore, as a mental health nurse, I will have the opportunity to serve as an advocate and educator, both for my patients and for the broader community. Too often, those grappling with mental health issues feel isolated and alone, their struggles exacerbated by societal stigma and a lack of awareness. By openly discussing these topics, providing accurate information, and working to dispel harmful myths and stereotypes, I can help create a helpful and encouraging environment. As a mental health nurse, I will also play a pivotal role in destigmatizing and raising awareness about mental illness within the healthcare system itself. Too often, mental health is treated as an afterthought or viewed through an antiquated lens. By integrating mental healthcare into broader treatment plans and advocating for parity between mental and physical health services, I can help drive meaningful change from within the medical field. Underpinning all of these efforts will be my passion for patient-centered, holistic care. I will strive to treat each individual as a whole person, not just a diagnosis or set of symptoms. This means considering how mental health intersects with physical, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing. It means developing personalized treatment plans that empower patients to be active participants in their own healing journeys. And it means fighting for equitable access to mental healthcare, regardless of a person's background or circumstances. Of course, changing deeply entrenched societal attitudes and overhauling complex systems is no small feat. There will be obstacles and setbacks along the way. But armed with perseverance, compassion, and an unwavering belief in human potential, I am confident that I can be an agent of positive transformation. Each life touched, each mind opened, each barrier dismantled will propel us closer to a world where mental health isn't overlooked, voices will be heard. Disorders will be known.
    Sewing Seeds: Lena B. Davis Memorial Scholarship
    Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to help people. Mental health is something that gets swept under the rug a lot. Nobody deserves to be treated like their issues are not there. I was personally treated as if my depression, anxiety, etc wasn't there and it made me feel as though nobody cared about me. This feeling is something I never want anyone to feel. That's when I knew I wanted to be a mental health nurse. Pursuing a degree in mental health nursing is about more than just acquiring knowledge and clinical skills - it is about embarking on a journey to change the world, one compassionate interaction at a time. As a woman with this specialized training, I will be uniquely positioned to tackle one of society's greatest challenges: breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness and ensuring that all individuals have access to high-quality, comprehensive care. One of the most powerful tools I will wield is understanding. Through my studies, I will gain invaluable insights into the complexities of the human mind and the myriad factors that can contribute to mental health struggles. This deeper comprehension will allow me to approach each patient interaction with empathy, free from judgment or preconceived notions. In a world where mental illness is still so widely misunderstood, this capacity for genuine understanding has the power to transform lives. Furthermore, as a mental health nurse, I will have the opportunity to serve as an advocate and educator, both for my patients and for the broader community. Too often, those grappling with mental health issues feel isolated and alone, their struggles exacerbated by societal stigma and a lack of awareness. By openly discussing these topics, providing accurate information, and working to dispel harmful myths and stereotypes, I can help create a helpful and encouraging environment. As a mental health nurse, I will also play a pivotal role in destigmatizing and raising awareness about mental illness within the healthcare system itself. Too often, mental health is treated as an afterthought or viewed through an antiquated lens. By integrating mental healthcare into broader treatment plans and advocating for parity between mental and physical health services, I can help drive meaningful change from within the medical field. Underpinning all of these efforts will be my passion for patient-centered, holistic care. I will strive to treat each individual as a whole person, not just a diagnosis or set of symptoms. This means considering how mental health intersects with physical, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing. It means developing personalized treatment plans that empower patients to be active participants in their own healing journeys. And it means fighting for equitable access to mental healthcare, regardless of a person's background or circumstances. Of course, changing deeply entrenched societal attitudes and overhauling complex systems is no small feat. There will be obstacles and setbacks along the way. But armed with perseverance, compassion, and an unwavering belief in human potential, I am confident that I can be an agent of positive transformation. Each life touched, each mind opened, each barrier dismantled will propel us closer to a world where mental health isn't overlooked, voices will be heard. Disorders will be known.
    Mental Health Empowerment Scholarship
    Within the world there are so many people who deserve and need help. So how can we help those in need? Healthcare professionals can provide that help. Since I was a little girl I have always known that I wanted to help others. Specifically I wanna help people who have mental disorders get the treatment they deserve. Mental health and psychological disorders have been overlooked and undervalued for years, nobody deserves to suffer alone, because they are not believed. As I grow into my profession my hope is to become a nurse practitioner, and pursue my career as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse. I hope that I can give people a correct diagnosis of their disorder to help them further into being comfortable with it and themselves. Disorders can keep you at war with not only yourself, but your mind and the world. In today's day in age we need more Healthcare professionals who are qualified enough and specialize in the mental health field to give those struggling the help they need. With this degree I am hoping I can make a positive impact within the mentally ill community. The field of mental health is one that has long been stigmatized and misunderstood. For too long, those suffering from mental illnesses have been marginalized, their struggles dismissed or ignored. As a woman pursuing a degree in healthcare, I hope to be part of the solution, to help break down the barriers and provide compassionate, evidence-based care to those in need. One of the driving forces behind my decision to enter this field is the understanding that mental health is just as vital as physical health. We would never tell someone with a broken leg to "walk it off" or dismiss their pain. Yet, that is exactly what has happened for centuries when it comes to mental illness. By becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I can help advocate for those whose voices have been silenced, ensuring they receive the treatment and support they deserve. As a woman in healthcare, I also recognize the unique challenges and perspectives I can bring to this role. Historically, the medical field has been dominated by men, and women's health concerns, both physical and mental, have often been overlooked or minimized. By pursuing a career in this field, I hope to provide a compassionate, understanding ear to those who may have felt unheard or misunderstood in the past. Furthermore, as a woman, I can serve as a role model and inspiration for others. By breaking down gender barriers and demonstrating that women can excel in this field, I hope to pave the way for future generations. Of course, the journey ahead will not be without its challenges. Mental health is a complex and often misunderstood field, and there will undoubtedly be times when I'm faced with difficult situations or patients whose struggles seem insurmountable. However, it is in these moments that my passion and dedication will shine through. I am committed to continuing my education, staying up-to-date with the latest research and treatment methods. Ultimately, my goal is not just to treat the symptoms of mental illness, but to help break down the stigma and promote a more inclusive, understanding society. By working with patients, their families, and the broader community, I hope to educate and raise awareness about the realities of mental health disorders. It is a lofty goal, but one that I believe is worth fighting for. Mental illness touches the lives of so many, and by pursuing a career in this field, I have the opportunity to make a real and lasting difference.
    Scholarship Institute’s Annual Women’s Leadership Scholarship
    In highschool I was in many clubs and leadership positions such as; vice president of Spanish club, treasurer for the class of 2024, doing the afternoon announcements, Guernsey Youth Leadership and doing a big community project raising money for the local dog shelter. In the future I plan to use my leadership skills to become a mental health nurse. Pursuing a degree in mental health nursing is about more than just acquiring knowledge and clinical skills - it is about embarking on a journey to change the world, one compassionate interaction at a time. As a woman with this specialized training, I will be uniquely positioned to tackle one of society's greatest challenges: breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness and ensuring that all individuals have access to high-quality, comprehensive care. One of the most powerful tools I will wield is understanding. Through my studies, I will gain invaluable insights into the complexities of the human mind and the myriad factors that can contribute to mental health struggles. This deeper comprehension will allow me to approach each patient interaction with empathy, free from judgment or preconceived notions. In a world where mental illness is still so widely misunderstood, this capacity for genuine understanding has the power to transform lives. Furthermore, as a mental health nurse, I will have the opportunity to serve as an advocate and educator, both for my patients and for the broader community. Too often, those grappling with mental health issues feel isolated and alone, their struggles exacerbated by societal stigma and a lack of awareness. By openly discussing these topics, providing accurate information, and working to dispel harmful myths and stereotypes, I can help create a helpful and encouraging environment. As a mental health nurse, I will also play a pivotal role in destigmatizing and raising awareness about mental illness within the healthcare system itself. Too often, mental health is treated as an afterthought or viewed through an antiquated lens. By integrating mental healthcare into broader treatment plans and advocating for parity between mental and physical health services, I can help drive meaningful change from within the medical field. Underpinning all of these efforts will be my passion for patient-centered, holistic care. I will strive to treat each individual as a whole person, not just a diagnosis or set of symptoms. This means considering how mental health intersects with physical, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing. It means developing personalized treatment plans that empower patients to be active participants in their own healing journeys. And it means fighting for equitable access to mental healthcare, regardless of a person's background or circumstances. Of course, changing deeply entrenched societal attitudes and overhauling complex systems is no small feat. There will be obstacles and setbacks along the way. But armed with perseverance, compassion, and an unwavering belief in human potential, I am confident that I can be an agent of positive transformation. Each life touched, each mind opened, each barrier dismantled will propel us closer to a world where mental health isn't overlooked, voices will be heard. Disorders will be known.
    Delon Hampton & Associates African Americans in STEM Scholarship
    Growing up as a young Black girl in a predominantly white community posed numerous challenges, but it also provided me with the resilience and determination to overcome adversity. One particular experience stands out as a testament to my ability to rise above obstacles and thrive despite being underestimated. In high school, I was passionate about joining clubs such as Spanish club, Guernsey Youth Leadership, and other positions where I could speak up. I saw it as an opportunity to develop my public speaking skills, engage in intellectual discussions, and represent my school. However, from the moment I expressed my interest, I faced skepticism and doubt from my classmates and some teachers. Many believed that I wouldn't be able to keep up with the rigorous demands and responsibilities, simply because of my background and the color of my skin. The first few weeks were incredibly tough. I felt isolated and out of place, as if I had to prove myself every single day. My peers, who were predominantly white, often overlooked my contributions and ideas. There were moments when I questioned my abilities and considered giving up. But deep down, I knew that I had the potential to excel, and I wasn't about to let anyone's prejudice define my capabilities. Determined to succeed, I dedicated countless hours to research, practice, and refining my skills, every sport club, etc. Nothing would stand in my way. Slowly but surely, my hard work began to pay off. I started winning games, speaking up about the struggles, and my confidence grew with each victory. My peers began to recognize my skills and started treating me as an equal. One of the most significant turning points came during a volleyball game against one of the best teams in the state. I was up against one of the best outside hitters in the nation, and the pressure was immense. Despite the nerves, I delivered a powerful defense against her. Even though I wasn't announced as the winner, it was a moment of triumph not just for me but for every young Black girl who had ever been underestimated. Nobody thought I could defend againt her, yet I persevered and we scored the point. Overcoming the adversity of being underestimated in a predominantly white community taught me invaluable lessons about perseverance, self-belief, and the importance of advocating for oneself. It reinforced my commitment to breaking down barriers and challenging stereotypes. This experience has shaped my approach to life and my aspirations to make a positive impact, particularly in the field of mental health. I want to provide proper diagnosis and support to those struggling with mental illness, ensuring that no one is overlooked or underestimated because of their background. That's when I knew I wanted to be a mental health nurse. Pursuing a degree in mental health nursing is about more than just acquiring knowledge and clinical skills - it is about embarking on a journey to change the world, one compassionate interaction at a time. As a woman with this specialized training, I will be uniquely positioned to tackle one of society's greatest challenges: breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness and ensuring that all individuals have access to high-quality, comprehensive care. One of the most powerful tools I will wield is understanding. Through my studies, I will gain invaluable insights into the complexities of the human mind. This deeper comprehension will allow me to approach each patient interaction with empathy, free from judgment or preconceived notions. In a world where mental illness is still so widely misunderstood.
    William Griggs Memorial Scholarship for Science and Math
    Since I was a little girl I have always known that I wanted to help others. Specifically I wanna help people who have mental disorders get the treatment they deserve. Pursuing a degree in mental health nursing is about more than just acquiring knowledge and clinical skills - it is about embarking on a journey to change the world, one compassionate interaction at a time. As a woman with this specialized training, I will be uniquely positioned to tackle one of society's greatest challenges: breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness and ensuring that all individuals have access to high-quality, comprehensive care. One of the most powerful tools I will wield is understanding. Through my studies, I will gain invaluable insights into the complexities of the human mind and the myriad factors that can contribute to mental health struggles. This deeper comprehension will allow me to approach each patient interaction with empathy, free from judgment or preconceived notions. In a world where mental illness is still so widely misunderstood, this capacity for genuine understanding has the power to transform lives. Furthermore, as a mental health nurse, I will have the opportunity to serve as an advocate and educator, both for my patients and for the broader community. Too often, those grappling with mental health issues feel isolated and alone, their struggles exacerbated by societal stigma and a lack of awareness. By openly discussing these topics, providing accurate information, and working to dispel harmful myths and stereotypes, I can help create a helpful and encouraging environment. As a mental health nurse, I will also play a pivotal role in destigmatizing and raising awareness about mental illness within the healthcare system itself. Too often, mental health is treated as an afterthought or viewed through an antiquated lens. By integrating mental healthcare into broader treatment plans and advocating for parity between mental and physical health services, I can help drive meaningful change from within the medical field. Underpinning all of these efforts will be my passion for patient-centered, holistic care. I will strive to treat each individual as a whole person, not just a diagnosis or set of symptoms. This means considering how mental health intersects with physical, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing. It means developing personalized treatment plans that empower patients to be active participants in their own healing journeys. And it means fighting for equitable access to mental healthcare, regardless of a person's background or circumstances. Of course, changing deeply entrenched societal attitudes and overhauling complex systems is no small feat. There will be obstacles and setbacks along the way. But armed with perseverance, compassion, and an unwavering belief in human potential, I am confident that I can be an agent of positive transformation. Each life touched, each mind opened, each barrier dismantled will propel us closer to a world where mental health isn't overlooked, voices will be heard. Disorders will be known.
    Eleanor Anderson-Miles Foundation Scholarship
    Growing up as a young Black girl in a predominantly white community posed numerous challenges, but it also provided me with the resilience and determination to overcome adversity. One particular experience stands out as a testament to my ability to rise above obstacles and thrive despite being underestimated. In high school, I was passionate about joining clubs such as Spanish club, Guernsey Youth Leadership, and other positions where I could speak up. I saw it as an opportunity to develop my public speaking skills, engage in intellectual discussions, and represent my school. However, from the moment I expressed my interest, I faced skepticism and doubt from my classmates and some teachers. Many believed that I wouldn't be able to keep up with the rigorous demands and responsibilities, simply because of my background and the color of my skin. The first few weeks were incredibly tough. I felt isolated and out of place, as if I had to prove myself every single day. My peers, who were predominantly white, often overlooked my contributions and ideas. There were moments when I questioned my abilities and considered giving up. But deep down, I knew that I had the potential to excel, and I wasn't about to let anyone's prejudice define my capabilities. Determined to succeed, I dedicated countless hours to research, practice, and refining my skills, every sport club, etc. Nothing would stand in my way. I sought guidance from mentors who believed in me and found solace in the support of my family. Slowly but surely, my hard work began to pay off. I started winning games, speaking up about the struggles, and my confidence grew with each victory. My peers began to recognize my skills and started treating me as an equal. One of the most significant turning points came during a volleyball game against one of the best teams in the state. I was up against one of the best outside hitters in the nation, and the pressure was immense. Despite the nerves, I delivered a powerful defense against her. Even though I wasn't announced as the winner, it was a moment of triumph not just for me but for every young Black girl who had ever been underestimated. Nobody thought I could defend againt her, yet I overcame it and we scored the point. Overcoming the adversity of being underestimated in a predominantly white community taught me invaluable lessons about perseverance, self-belief, and the importance of advocating for oneself. It reinforced my commitment to breaking down barriers and challenging stereotypes. This experience has shaped my approach to life and my aspirations to make a positive impact, particularly in the field of mental health. I want to provide proper diagnosis and support to those struggling with mental illness, ensuring that no one is overlooked or underestimated because of their background. In conclusion, facing adversity head-on and proving my worth was a defining moment in my life. It taught me that resilience and determination can overcome prejudice and that every challenge is an opportunity to grow and flourish.
    Reginald Kelley Scholarship
    Within the world there are so many people who deserve and need help. So how can we help those in need? Healthcare professionals can provide that help. Since I was a little girl I have always known that I wanted to help others. Specifically I wanna help people who have mental disorders get the treatment they deserve. Mental health and psychological disorders have been overlooked and undervalued for years, nobody deserves to suffer alone, because they are not believed. As I grow into my profession my hope is to become a nurse practitioner, and pursue my career as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse. I hope that I can give people a correct diagnosis of their disorder to help them further into being comfortable with it and themselves. Disorders can keep you at war with not only yourself, but your mind and the world. In today's day in age we need more Healthcare professionals who are qualified enough and specialize in the mental health field to give those struggling the help they need. With this degree I am hoping I can make a positive impact within the mentally ill community. The field of mental health is one that has long been stigmatized and misunderstood. For too long, those suffering from mental illnesses have been marginalized, their struggles dismissed or ignored. As a woman pursuing a degree in healthcare, I hope to be part of the solution, to help break down the barriers and provide compassionate, evidence-based care to those in need. One of the driving forces behind my decision to enter this field is the understanding that mental health is just as vital as physical health. We would never tell someone with a broken leg to "walk it off" or dismiss their pain. Yet, that is exactly what has happened for centuries when it comes to mental illness. By becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I can help advocate for those whose voices have been silenced, ensuring they receive the treatment and support they deserve. As a woman in healthcare, I also recognize the unique challenges and perspectives I can bring to this role. Historically, the medical field has been dominated by men, and women's health concerns, both physical and mental, have often been overlooked or minimized. By pursuing a career in this field, I hope to provide a compassionate, understanding ear to those who may have felt unheard or misunderstood in the past. Furthermore, as a woman, I can serve as a role model and inspiration for others. By breaking down gender barriers and demonstrating that women can excel in this field, I hope to pave the way for future generations. Of course, the journey ahead will not be without its challenges. Mental health is a complex and often misunderstood field, and there will undoubtedly be times when I'm faced with difficult situations or patients whose struggles seem insurmountable. However, it is in these moments that my passion and dedication will shine through. I am committed to continuing my education, staying up-to-date with the latest research and treatment methods. Ultimately, my goal is not just to treat the symptoms of mental illness, but to help break down the stigma and promote a more inclusive, understanding society. By working with patients, their families, and the broader community, I hope to educate and raise awareness about the realities of mental health disorders. It is a lofty goal, but one that I believe is worth fighting for. Mental illness touches the lives of so many, and by pursuing a career in this field, I have the opportunity to make a real and lasting difference.
    Jake Thomas Williams Memorial Scholarship
    Within the world there are so many people who deserve and need help. So how can we help those in need? Healthcare professionals can provide that help. Since I was a little girl I have always known that I wanted to help others. Specifically I wanna help people who have mental disorders get the treatment they deserve. Mental health and psychological disorders have been overlooked and undervalued for years, nobody deserves to suffer alone, because they are not believed. As I grow into my profession my hope is to become a nurse practitioner, and pursue my career as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse. I hope that I can give people a correct diagnosis of their disorder to help them further into being comfortable with it and themselves. Disorders can keep you at war with not only yourself, but your mind and the world. In today's day in age we need more Healthcare professionals who are qualified enough and specialize in the mental health field to give those struggling the help they need. With this degree I am hoping I can make a positive impact within the mentally ill community. The field of mental health is one that has long been stigmatized and misunderstood. For too long, those suffering from mental illnesses have been marginalized, their struggles dismissed or ignored. As a woman pursuing a degree in healthcare, I hope to be part of the solution, to help break down the barriers and provide compassionate, evidence-based care to those in need. One of the driving forces behind my decision to enter this field is the understanding that mental health is just as vital as physical health. We would never tell someone with a broken leg to "walk it off" or dismiss their pain. Yet, that is exactly what has happened for centuries when it comes to mental illness. By becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I can help advocate for those whose voices have been silenced, ensuring they receive the treatment and support they deserve. As a woman in healthcare, I also recognize the unique challenges and perspectives I can bring to this role. Historically, the medical field has been dominated by men, and women's health concerns, both physical and mental, have often been overlooked or minimized. By pursuing a career in this field, I hope to provide a compassionate, understanding ear to those who may have felt unheard or misunderstood in the past. Furthermore, as a woman, I can serve as a role model and inspiration for others. By breaking down gender barriers and demonstrating that women can excel in this field, I hope to pave the way for future generations. Of course, the journey ahead will not be without its challenges. Mental health is a complex and often misunderstood field, and there will undoubtedly be times when I'm faced with difficult situations or patients whose struggles seem insurmountable. However, it is in these moments that my passion and dedication will shine through. I am committed to continuing my education, staying up-to-date with the latest research and treatment methods. Ultimately, my goal is not just to treat the symptoms of mental illness, but to help break down the stigma and promote a more inclusive, understanding society. By working with patients, their families, and the broader community, I hope to educate and raise awareness about the realities of mental health disorders. It is a lofty goal, but one that I believe is worth fighting for. Mental illness touches the lives of so many, and by pursuing a career in this field, I have the opportunity to make a real and lasting difference.
    Sara Jane Memorial Scholarship
    Within the world there are so many people who deserve and need help. So how can we help those in need? Healthcare professionals can provide that help. Since I was a little girl I have always known that I wanted to help others. Specifically I wanna help people who have mental disorders get the treatment they deserve. Mental health and psychological disorders have been overlooked and undervalued for years, nobody deserves to suffer alone, because they are not believed. As I grow into my profession my hope is to become a nurse practitioner, and pursue my career as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse. I hope that I can give people a correct diagnosis of their disorder to help them further into being comfortable with it and themselves. Disorders can keep you at war with not only yourself, but your mind and the world. In today's day in age we need more Healthcare professionals who are qualified enough and specialize in the mental health field to give those struggling the help they need. With this degree I am hoping I can make a positive impact within the mentally ill community. The field of mental health is one that has long been stigmatized and misunderstood. For too long, those suffering from mental illnesses have been marginalized, their struggles dismissed or ignored. As a woman pursuing a degree in healthcare, I hope to be part of the solution, to help break down the barriers and provide compassionate, evidence-based care to those in need. One of the driving forces behind my decision to enter this field is the understanding that mental health is just as vital as physical health. We would never tell someone with a broken leg to "walk it off" or dismiss their pain. Yet, that is exactly what has happened for centuries when it comes to mental illness. By becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I can help advocate for those whose voices have been silenced, ensuring they receive the treatment and support they deserve. As a woman in healthcare, I also recognize the unique challenges and perspectives I can bring to this role. Historically, the medical field has been dominated by men, and women's health concerns, both physical and mental, have often been overlooked or minimized. By pursuing a career in this field, I hope to provide a compassionate, understanding ear to those who may have felt unheard or misunderstood in the past. Furthermore, as a woman, I can serve as a role model and inspiration for others. By breaking down gender barriers and demonstrating that women can excel in this field, I hope to pave the way for future generations. Of course, the journey ahead will not be without its challenges. Mental health is a complex and often misunderstood field, and there will undoubtedly be times when I'm faced with difficult situations or patients whose struggles seem insurmountable. However, it is in these moments that my passion and dedication will shine through. I am committed to continuing my education, staying up-to-date with the latest research and treatment methods. Ultimately, my goal is not just to treat the symptoms of mental illness, but to help break down the stigma and promote a more inclusive, understanding society. By working with patients, their families, and the broader community, I hope to educate and raise awareness about the realities of mental health disorders. It is a lofty goal, but one that I believe is worth fighting for. Mental illness touches the lives of so many, and by pursuing a career in this field, I have the opportunity to make a real and lasting difference.
    Ethel Hayes Destigmatization of Mental Health Scholarship
    Mental health was always a struggle for me, within this struggle I realized I wanted to help people like me. Pursuing a degree in mental health nursing is about more than just acquiring knowledge and clinical skills - it is about embarking on a journey to change the world, one compassionate interaction at a time. As a woman with this specialized training, I will be uniquely positioned to tackle one of society's greatest challenges: breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness and ensuring that all individuals have access to high-quality, comprehensive care. One of the most powerful tools I will wield is understanding. Through my studies, I will gain invaluable insights into the complexities of the human mind and the myriad factors that can contribute to mental health struggles. This deeper comprehension will allow me to approach each patient interaction with empathy, free from judgment or preconceived notions. In a world where mental illness is still so widely misunderstood, this capacity for genuine understanding has the power to transform lives. Furthermore, as a mental health nurse, I will have the opportunity to serve as an advocate and educator, both for my patients and for the broader community. Too often, those grappling with mental health issues feel isolated and alone, their struggles exacerbated by societal stigma and a lack of awareness. By openly discussing these topics, providing accurate information, and working to dispel harmful myths and stereotypes, I can help create a helpful and encouraging environment. As a mental health nurse, I will also play a pivotal role in destigmatizing and raising awareness about mental illness within the healthcare system itself. Too often, mental health is treated as an afterthought or viewed through an antiquated lens. By integrating mental healthcare into broader treatment plans and advocating for parity between mental and physical health services, I can help drive meaningful change from within the medical field. Underpinning all of these efforts will be my passion for patient-centered, holistic care. I will strive to treat each individual as a whole person, not just a diagnosis or set of symptoms. This means considering how mental health intersects with physical, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing. It means developing personalized treatment plans that empower patients to be active participants in their own healing journeys. And it means fighting for equitable access to mental healthcare, regardless of a person's background or circumstances. Of course, changing deeply entrenched societal attitudes and overhauling complex systems is no small feat. There will be obstacles and setbacks along the way. But armed with perseverance, compassion, and an unwavering belief in human potential, I am confident that I can be an agent of positive transformation. Each life touched, each mind opened, each barrier dismantled will propel us closer to a world where mental health isn't overlooked, voices will be heard. Disorders will be known.
    Andrew Michael Peña Memorial Scholarship
    I grew up in a small town that lacked diversity. With this my upbringing was really rough. It made me feel like I didn't belong because I had looked so different than the others I was surrounded by. Not only did this take a toll on me mentally, but it hurt me physically. This caused me to look at everything I wore and how I presented myself. Always afraid I would never be enough, always overthinking about everything I did or said. I always thought I had to be perfect or no one would want me. At age 3 my father had passed away in his sleep. For my young age it was hard to understand what that meant. I felt sad, but I didn't know why, seeing everyone so distraught about it. Back then I didn't understand he was never going to come back. What I did know was from that day on I would try my best to help everybody. I didn't have the greatest parental influence, not because they didn't parent me, but because they didn't know how to deal with their own past. They often projected onto me and my siblings. When I told them I thought I had mental health issues, I was told "from what?" They acted like I couldn't possibly have issues because I was a kid. Then in the fifth grade my grandfather passed away, that same week my dog Tipsy passed away. I was so heart broken I didn't know what to do. I lost 2 of the closest things to me. I cried for weeks, it felt absolutely agonizing. Shortly after I discovered that depression along with a slew of other mental health issues is a genetic trait in my family. Not that it was shocking to me, but it did make me wonder why they were so abrupt about it. As a kid I was always held to higher standards than everybody else. I was expected to have all A's at all times; to be a poster child essentially. I tried my best, but as time went on it slowly destroyed me. I placed my worth on the grades I got and my talents instead of me. If I was going to do something I had to be the best. When I got into middle school and high school I started feeling lonely. Going to school felt absolutely pointless, I felt like nobody would car if I just left. It is terrible to think, but I didn't know what to do. I wanted to just end it all, I would harm myself praying God would take me out of my misery. I tried to end everything more than once but, it wasn't until my sophomore year that I started going to see a therapist. I was starting the break of a never ending cycle in my family. The first to ever seek help. I wanted to get better it just felt so hard. It felt like it was never going to end. It felt like no matter what I said no one would listen. Now I am 2 years self harm free, I am about to turn 18 years old and I am doing better with worrying less about things I can't control. I hope everyone can seek the help that they need, even if it's hard.
    Women in STEM Scholarship Fund
    Through my years, I have been given my fair share of grief. Whether it be because of my skintone or because I am a woman. Being from a small town was hard for me, especially when there were barely any people who looked like me. Dealing with astronomical struggles really took a toll on my mental health, and thats when I realized I wanted to be a Psychiatric Nurse. Pursuing a degree in mental health nursing is about more than just acquiring knowledge and clinical skills - it is about embarking on a journey to change the world, one compassionate interaction at a time. As a woman with this specialized training, I will be uniquely positioned to tackle one of society's greatest challenges: breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness and ensuring that all individuals have access to high-quality, comprehensive care. One of the most powerful tools I will wield is understanding. Through my studies, I will gain invaluable insights into the complexities of the human mind and the myriad factors that can contribute to mental health struggles. This deeper comprehension will allow me to approach each patient interaction with empathy, free from judgment or preconceived notions. In a world where mental illness is still so widely misunderstood, this capacity for genuine understanding has the power to transform lives. Furthermore, as a mental health nurse, I will have the opportunity to serve as an advocate and educator, both for my patients and for the broader community. Too often, those grappling with mental health issues feel isolated and alone, their struggles exacerbated by societal stigma and a lack of awareness. By openly discussing these topics, providing accurate information, and working to dispel harmful myths and stereotypes, I can help create a helpful and encouraging environment. As a mental health nurse, I will also play a pivotal role in destigmatizing and raising awareness about mental illness within the healthcare system itself. Too often, mental health is treated as an afterthought or viewed through an antiquated lens. By integrating mental healthcare into broader treatment plans and advocating for parity between mental and physical health services, I can help drive meaningful change from within the medical field. Underpinning all of these efforts will be my passion for patient-centered, holistic care. I will strive to treat each individual as a whole person, not just a diagnosis or set of symptoms. This means considering how mental health intersects with physical, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing. It means developing personalized treatment plans that empower patients to be active participants in their own healing journeys. And it means fighting for equitable access to mental healthcare, regardless of a person's background or circumstances. Of course, changing deeply entrenched societal attitudes and overhauling complex systems is no small feat. There will be obstacles and setbacks along the way. But armed with perseverance, compassion, and an unwavering belief in human potential, I am confident that I can be an agent of positive transformation. Each life touched, each mind opened, each barrier dismantled will propel us closer to a world where mental health isn't overlooked, voices will be heard. Disorders will be known.
    Ryan Yebba Memorial Mental Health Scholarship
    Bullying and harassment cast dark shadows over far too many young lives, inflicting deep psychological wounds that can have lasting impacts. As someone who was bullied myself as a child, I understand firsthand how isolating and damaging this experience can be. That's why I have made it my mission to be a voice for the voiceless and an advocate for meaningful change in our schools and communities. During my high school years, I co-founded a student club dedicated to promoting kindness, acceptance, and anti-bullying initiatives. We hosted awareness campaigns, brought in guest speakers, and worked closely with school administrators to implement stronger policies and reporting procedures. Seeing firsthand the powerful impact of peer education and support solidified my passion for this cause. Going forward, I intend to build upon this foundation as I pursue a career in the mental health field. The psychological toll bullying takes is undeniable - anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and even suicidal ideation are far too common among victims. However, the current process for obtaining appropriate treatment is fragmented and difficult to navigate, especially for young people already dealing with emotional trauma. As a mental health professional, I will work tirelessly to streamline and improve access to care for young victims of bullying and harassment. This means advocating for more counselors and therapists in schools, implementing better screening protocols, and developing comprehensive treatment pathways that address bullying's complex psychosocial impacts. I will fight to break down the stigma surrounding mental health issues and empower families to seek help. Obtaining justice and healing for those who have suffered at the hands of bullies is not just a professional calling, but a personal one. I have walked that difficult road and know the anguish and isolation it can bring. By combining my lived experience with expertise in psychology and counseling, I can be the compassionate ally and guide our youth so desperately need. Every child deserves to feel safe, supported, and able to reach their full potential, free from the cruelties of bullying. It is a basic human right that I will not rest until it is realized for all. Though the road ahead is long, I am weighed by the progress made so far and optimistic about the positive changes yet to come. One child, one family, one community at a time, we can and will create a world where bullying is relegated to the past. I am ready to embrace this challenge and be a force for good in young lives. I will do this by becoming an advanced practice psychiatric nurse.
    Madeline Grace Memorial Scholarship
    Winner
    Pursuing a degree in mental health nursing is about more than just acquiring knowledge and clinical skills - it is about embarking on a journey to change the world, one compassionate interaction at a time. As a woman with this specialized training, I will be uniquely positioned to tackle one of society's greatest challenges: breaking down the stigma surrounding mental illness and ensuring that all individuals have access to high-quality, comprehensive care. One of the most powerful tools I will wield is understanding. Through my studies, I will gain invaluable insights into the complexities of the human mind and the myriad factors that can contribute to mental health struggles. This deeper comprehension will allow me to approach each patient interaction with empathy, free from judgment or preconceived notions. In a world where mental illness is still so widely misunderstood, this capacity for genuine understanding has the power to transform lives. Furthermore, as a mental health nurse, I will have the opportunity to serve as an advocate and educator, both for my patients and for the broader community. Too often, those grappling with mental health issues feel isolated and alone, their struggles exacerbated by societal stigma and a lack of awareness. By openly discussing these topics, providing accurate information, and working to dispel harmful myths and stereotypes, I can help create a helpful and encouraging environment. As a mental health nurse, I will also play a pivotal role in destigmatizing and raising awareness about mental illness within the healthcare system itself. Too often, mental health is treated as an afterthought or viewed through an antiquated lens. By integrating mental healthcare into broader treatment plans and advocating for parity between mental and physical health services, I can help drive meaningful change from within the medical field. Underpinning all of these efforts will be my passion for patient-centered, holistic care. I will strive to treat each individual as a whole person, not just a diagnosis or set of symptoms. This means considering how mental health intersects with physical, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing. It means developing personalized treatment plans that empower patients to be active participants in their own healing journeys. And it means fighting for equitable access to mental healthcare, regardless of a person's background or circumstances. Of course, changing deeply entrenched societal attitudes and overhauling complex systems is no small feat. There will be obstacles and setbacks along the way. But armed with perseverance, compassion, and an unwavering belief in human potential, I am confident that I can be an agent of positive transformation. Each life touched, each mind opened, each barrier dismantled will propel us closer to a world where mental health isn't overlooked, voices will be heard. Disorders will be known.
    Women in Healthcare Scholarship
    Within the world there are so many people who deserve and need help. So how can we help those in need? Healthcare professionals can provide that help. Since I was a little girl I have always known that I wanted to help others. Specifically I wanna help people who have mental disorders get the treatment they deserve. Mental health and psychological disorders have been overlooked and undervalued for years, nobody deserves to suffer alone, because they are not believed. As I grow into my profession my hope is to become a nurse practitioner, and pursue my career as an advanced practice psychiatric nurse. I hope that I can give people a correct diagnosis of their disorder to help them further into being comfortable with it and themselves. Disorders can keep you at war with not only yourself, but your mind and the world. In today's day in age we need more Healthcare professionals who are qualified enough and specialize in the mental health field to give those struggling the help they need. With this degree I am hoping I can make a positive impact within the mentally ill community. The field of mental health is one that has long been stigmatized and misunderstood. For too long, those suffering from mental illnesses have been marginalized, their struggles dismissed or ignored. As a woman pursuing a degree in healthcare, I hope to be part of the solution, to help break down the barriers and provide compassionate, evidence-based care to those in need. One of the driving forces behind my decision to enter this field is the understanding that mental health is just as vital as physical health. We would never tell someone with a broken leg to "walk it off" or dismiss their pain. Yet, that is exactly what has happened for centuries when it comes to mental illness. By becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner, I can help advocate for those whose voices have been silenced, ensuring they receive the treatment and support they deserve. As a woman in healthcare, I also recognize the unique challenges and perspectives I can bring to this role. Historically, the medical field has been dominated by men, and women's health concerns, both physical and mental, have often been overlooked or minimized. By pursuing a career in this field, I hope to provide a compassionate, understanding ear to those who may have felt unheard or misunderstood in the past. Furthermore, as a woman, I can serve as a role model and inspiration for others. By breaking down gender barriers and demonstrating that women can excel in this field, I hope to pave the way for future generations. Of course, the journey ahead will not be without its challenges. Mental health is a complex and often misunderstood field, and there will undoubtedly be times when I'm faced with difficult situations or patients whose struggles seem insurmountable. However, it is in these moments that my passion and dedication will shine through. I am committed to continuing my education, staying up-to-date with the latest research and treatment methods. Ultimately, my goal is not just to treat the symptoms of mental illness, but to help break down the stigma and promote a more inclusive, understanding society. By working with patients, their families, and the broader community, I hope to educate and raise awareness about the realities of mental health disorders. It is a lofty goal, but one that I believe is worth fighting for. Mental illness touches the lives of so many, and by pursuing a career in this field, I have the opportunity to make a real and lasting difference.