Barbara Forfar ScholarshipThe scholarship advisory committee of the Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce that they have awarded nursing scholarships totaling $1,500 to three nurses on the Ocean Medical Center staff.

Lisa Bellingham (Manasquan), Greta Keturakyte, (Lakewood) and Nicole Wedding (Toms River) were presented three individual $500 scholarships during an award ceremony held Friday afternoon, September 18 on the Ocean Medical Center main campus in Brick.

Pictured left to right:  Andrea McCafferty (scholarship committee), Ellen Angelo (Ocean Medical Center), Lisa Bellingham, Nicole Wedding, Walt Konopka (Scholarship Committee), Greta Keturakyte, Scott Forfar (Scholarship Committee), Teri Wurmser (Ann May Center for Nursing), Jackie Fabiano (Scholarship Committee) and Debbie Konopka (Scholarship Committee)

The 2015 ceremony marks the fifth year that scholarships have been awarded to Ocean Medical Center team members from the scholarship fund.

The three 2015 scholarship recipients were selected by the Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund Scholarship Advisory Committee after the committee members reviewed all scholarship applications and supporting documents from every candidate who applied.

Lisa Bellingham has been a career nurse for twenty-nine years and long-standing Critical Care Unit team member at Ocean Medical Center. She has been recently promoted to Assistant Nurse Manager and is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Nursing at Kean University with an expected completion date in May 2017. While on duty in the CCU during 2010 and 2011, Lisa had the privilege of caring for the late Barbara Forfar during her final days before her passing.

Greta Keturakyte is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree of Nursing at Georgian Court University with an anticipated completion date in December 2016. She is currently on the staff in Oncology Services at Ocean Medical Center on floor 4 East which includes inpatient and outpatient oncology as well as radiation therapy. After graduation form Brick High School and Ocean County College, Greta joined Meridian Health in March of 2014 as Patient Observer and was promoted to Patient Care Associate in October of the same year.

Nicole Wedding has been a valuable team member of Ocean Medical Center’s nursing department since 2010. She is currently an Operating Room Technician working side-by side with some of the hospital’s most respected suregons. Nicole is pursuing her RN Degree at Ocean County College with an anticipated completion date in May 2016.

In addition to the scholarship recipients, their family members and friends, Ocean Medical Center physicians, nurses and administrative staff, other guests of note in attendance at the award presentation included Ellen Angelo, Vice President of Ocean Medical Center; Dr. Teri Wurmser, Executive Director of the Ann May Center for Nursing at Meridian Health; Matthew Lang, Executive Director of the Ocean Medical Center Foundation and Lisa Klein, Development Officer of the Ocean Medical Center Foundation.

During its short five-year history, The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund has raised close to $24,000 to help nurses and nursing students and awarded $12,500 total to 21 nurses and nursing students of Ocean Medical Center.

The 2015 scholarship application due date was July 13.

ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP FUND:
The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund was established on January 15, 2011 and is part of the Ocean Medical Center Foundation family of funds.

The fund provides monetary assistance to qualified nurses and nursing students of Ocean Medical Center who desire to continue their formal education in nursing profession in the form of scholarships and awards one (or more) nursing scholarship during September of each year to eligible applicants.

The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund was established to honor the memory of long-time Point Pleasant resident Barbara Forfar or “Foof” as she was called by her fellow nurses and other colleagues in the operating room, and her forty-four years of dedication to the nursing profession with all but three years of her service associated with the Ocean Medical Center or its predecessor hospitals.

To qualify for the scholarship, the applicant must be an employee or nursing student at Ocean Medical Center and must be enrolled in a RN program, an upper division program (RN to BSN) or advanced degree program (MSN, PhD) in nursing.

All Ocean Medical Center nurses and nursing students from all OMC practice areas were eligible to apply. The scholarship must be used to supplement tuition, fees, lab costs, books or educational supply expenses.

The Barbara Forfar Nursing Scholarship Fund awards one (or more) nursing scholarship during September of each year to eligible applicants.