UCA Alumna Accepts Scholarship To Jump-Start Her Career In Nursing

UCA alumna Torie Dailey will soon begin the career of a lifetime at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

The Mayo Clinic is a sought-after nonprofit medical research group.

Dailey credited her success to receiving the A. W. “Moonlight” Graham Award by the UCA Foundation in spring 2015. The Graham Scholarship was established in 2012 by former UCA professor and local author Bob Reising.

The one-time award is named after Archibald Graham from the movie “Field of Dreams.” The award’s purpose is to highlight UCA students entering the medical field as professionals.

A committee that included Provost Steve Runge, College of Health and Behavioral Sciences Dean Jimmy Ishee and College of Liberal Arts Dean Maurice Lee selected Dailey, Kathy Carroll from the UCA Foundation said.

“Ms. Dailey is well deserving of her accomplishments and the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences is very proud to have her as a graduate,” Ishee said.

Applicants were required to have recommendations from their college.Carroll said Dailey received a letter of recommendation from the nursing department.

According to The UCA Alumni Association, Dailey will work as an RN in the Thoracic Vascular ICU. Dailey told the alumni that she would have never dreamed of winning the award.

President Tom Courtway, along with the scholarship committee, presented Dailey with the award last spring.

“[Dailey] had a great academic record at UCA and came highly recommended by the faculty,” Courtway said.

Courtway had two specific things to say about this award: “One, what private giving and private funds can mean to students. And two, [scholarships]can provide a student with a way to get a job and start a career they would have never thought possible. A UCA education can get you anywhere you want to go.”

This article originally appeared in the Sept. 9, 2015 print edition of The Echo. 

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