By Tom Urbanski
Nikkita Buckanaga, a student at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, has been named the 2018 recipient of the Community Memorial Hospital Scholarship.
Buckanaga, a current Cloquet resident originally from Carlton and a graduate of Carlton High School, is completing the Practical Nursing Diploma program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in May 2018.
After finishing the Practical Nursing diploma program, Nikkita plans to work as an LPN while continuing her education at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College to complete the Associate Degree Nursing program and become a registered nurse. She has a career goal to become a registered nurse, with a specific interest in cardiac care and working in a rural healthcare setting.
The scholarship is unique in that it was established as part of the relationship between the college and the hospital in Cloquet, with a goal of fostering an environment where the local healthcare workforce is representative of the communities served.
The Community Memorial Hospital Scholarship is awarded through a selection process based on criteria that includes professional promise, enrollment in the Nursing degree program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, grade point average, and a stated desire to work in Carlton County and rural medicine. The scholarship can be used toward tuition, books, and supplies for the academic year.
For more information regarding the scholarship or the Nursing program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, contact Mary Monson, Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, at 218-879-0791.