Hard work had its rewards for a nursing student at Vancouver Island University.
Stephanie Gray recently earned a $5,000 scholarship from the Pieter de Reuver Foundation.
Gray is in her second year in VIU's nursing bachelor of science program. The 23-year-old commutes to the Nanaimo campus from Qualicum Beach, where she spends spare time volunteering with seniors.
She has excelled in her education at VIU after a move home from University of Victoria, where she took science degree studies. She maintained good grades in her first year, while actively volunteering in her community.
Last year she took part in a variety of duties a Qualicum Beach seniors facility. Gray is also a member of the Oceanside Volunteer Association.
In 2010, the university's 75th anniversary, Pieter de Reuver established 75 $1,000 scholarships, with a selection criteria that gives Oceanside students first crack. He presented the first $5,000 scholarship, established this spring, in person in July.
"I think it speaks to the amount of effort and creativity she puts into her assignments," said Carol Eschak, an instructor who wrote her a letter of recommendation.
"She brings a great work ethic to the situation."
The award provided some financial relief for Gray. "It's going to pay for my whole year of tuition this year," she said.
Gray is considering options once she finishes her nursing degree.
"I'm leaning towards maternity or pediatrics, but I've also been looking into nurse practitioner, as I'm passionate about the medicine side of things."
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