Students win Golden Triangle Emergency Center scholarships

    Students holding large presentation checks.
    Lamar State College Port Arthur students Melanie Morton, top center, and Afrania Davila, bottom center, are the recipients of the spring scholarships presented by Golden Triangle Emergency Center. Morton won the $250 Licensed Vocational Nursing scholarship, while Davila received the $500 Registered Nurse scholarship.

    Golden Triangle Emergency Center-Port Arthur recently announced its spring 2019 Licensed Vocational Nurse and Registered Nurse scholarship winners.

    GTEC works with Lamar State College Port Arthur to encourage students with a proven academic record of excellence and a passion for healthcare to apply for these scholarships. In order to ensure that the community will be supported by the highest caliber of healthcare professionals, Golden Triangle Emergency Center invests in future generations of stand-out students by offering this scholarship twice a year; fall and spring semester.

    The winner of the $250 LVN scholarship is Melanie Morton of Nederland. Melanie has been serving others since she was in middle school through mission trips and volunteering with her church. More recently she has volunteered her time as a swim instructor at the Shorkey Center for physical and occupational therapy and rehabilitation for children, and at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit department. Her passion for providing support and care to others is intensified by her first-hand experience of the profound difference a compassionate caregiver can make to a patient and their family. Her enthusiasm, background, and dedication to her goals make her the ideal recipient for this award. Melanie plans to continue her education upon graduation and pursue a Bachelor’s and then her Master’s degree.

    The $500 RN scholarship winner is Afrania C. Davila of Port Arthur. A Cum Laude graduate of Lamar State College Port Arthur’s LVN program, Afrania is pursuing her BSN in LSCPA's Upward Mobility Nursing Program. Afrania knew she wanted to go into healthcare because when she was just 15 years old, she saved her sister’s life by staying calm and performing CPR on her after she suffered a seizure.  Her natural ability to focus and listen to the 911 operator’s instructions despite the chaos around her was the deciding factor in establishing her career path. Afrancia’s passion for clinical care is matched with the emphasis she puts on empathy and compassion with her patents. With clinical experience at St. Elizabeth, Medical Center of Southeast Texas, Baptist Hospital, and The Meadows of Orange, along with excellent grades, Afrancia is a standout student and future RN. Upon graduation, she plans to seek employment in the ER or NICU and is keeping the door of possibility open to pursuing her Master’s.

    Golden Triangle Emergency Center is proud to see the hard work going into the applicants’ education and looks forward to seeing them enrich the local workforce. Scholarship recipients must submit an 800 word essay, have at least a 3.0 GPA, and submit a resume illustrating a passion for the profession. If you are a student or know of one who fits the parameters required to receive this award, please encourage them to keep an eye on our Facebook page to see when we will be accepting applications for fall 2019 scholarships. Golden Triangle Emergency Center is here 24/7/365 for all your emergency needs.