In 1991, single mother of one Mary Blake, R.N., moved from Southwest Florida to Atlanta for better opportunities.
Her son was just nine years old and the move to Metro Atlanta was very difficult for both mother and child. Even though Mary was a skilled and compassionate caregiver with more than a dozen years of experience, moving to a big city held many challenges for this independent nurse and mother.
Offering Specialized Care - Both In And Out Of The CCUMary's professional skills and desire for excellence brought her to St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta. Her developing specialty in cardiac critical care helped her to find a welcomed position in this prestigious institution's Cardiac Critical Care Unit (CCU).
Over the next 20 years in various cardiac critical care departments of St. Joseph's, Mary used her ongoing experience and additional training and education to explore new opportunities. She served hundreds of patients and helped to save many, many lives — which she continues to this day.
More importantly, she overcame her obstacles to single-handedly raise her son in a new city, helping him to find the inspiration and opportunity hidden among the challenges they faced together.
Overcoming The Odds To BlossomThis dedicated mother has now been offering lifesaving critical care to patients at St. Joseph's for more than two decades. People from all over the world come to St. Joseph's for their critical care needs — to take advantage of the best care, specialists and resources found anywhere in the world.
Professionally, coming to a big city opened up a world of opportunity for Mary Blake. She was working in intensive, cutting-edge situations with some of the finest caregivers in the world. Her skills and expertise were able to grow and mature; her thirst for knowledge was rewarded with the range of new opportunities and other benefits found through her many experiences at St.Joseph's.
However, the move to Atlanta was far from easy on this single mother and her son. The challenges she faced as a nurse often paled in comparison to what she faced as a single mother — alone and vulnerable — in a large metropolitan area. Yet despite the odds, this family unit persevered and flourished. It is a testament to their combined strength and dedication.
Celebrating The SpiritBeing a medical professional is never easy. It is a profession reached only by unique individuals gifted with the right blend of intelligence, compassion, and drive.
Similarly, being a single parent demands daily displays of uncommon courage and dedication. Straddling both of these challenges successfully for decades as Mary Blake has done shows an uncommon spirit that deserves recognition and reward.
It is in honor and celebration of this unbeatable spirit that we created The Mary Blake Single Parent Nursing Scholarship.
Who This Scholarship BenefitsThe Mary Blake Single Parent Nursing Scholarship recognizes and rewards the efforts of individuals who meet the joint challenges of single parenthood and nursing.
Contest SpecificsThe Mary Blake Single Parent Nursing Scholarship is a scholarship contest with a one-time disbursement of $500.00 to the winner of an essay contest. In addition to having a completed application form approved by the posted terms of the contest and any additional stipulations offered by the review committee or the owners of this website, the winning entrant will supply an essay of at least 500 words describing why they are uniquely deserving of this award.
Deadline for entries: Midnight, June 15, 2017 EST.
In addition to writing the winning essay, the entrant receiving this award:
- Will be able to prove US citizenship
- Will be a single parent
- Will be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an accredited school of nursing
- Will provide transcripts showing a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or greater, or show an ACT score of at least 28 or an SAT score of at least 1250
- There is no requirement for the applicant to reside in the same state as the school
- There are no race, gender, marital status, religious, or heritage restrictions
- Enrollment in self-paced study programs (online) is acceptable
- There are no spending restrictions, or designated use of funds
For additional support, send your questions and an SASE for response to:
384 Mosby Drive
Acworth, Georgia 30102
ATTN: Single Parent Scholarship information request
Go to the following website for more information: http://www.onlinenursingdegrees.org/financial-aid/single-parent-scholarship-contest.htm