Mountain View Regional Hospital (MVRH) in Casper recently pledged $45,000
to support students in the University of Wyoming’s Fay W. Whitney
School of Nursing.
The hospital will provide $15,000 annually to support students in the Marcia
Dale Aspire Scholars Program. The gift will be used for scholarships for
each of four senior Aspire Scholars and will cover travel costs associated
with mentoring opportunities with members of the MVRH staff.
“The quality and passion of the (UW) nursing students are absolutely
the best,” says Jeff VanHorn, the hospital’s CEO. “This
gives a sense that through this program we can hopefully give to the students
some practical application of what a hospital or health care entity can
be for future clinical leaders.”
Madison Vigil, a senior Aspire student from Centennial Colo., says, “The
financial aspect is wonderful and I appreciate it so much, but the gift
of the time that the leaders at MVRH are willing to invest in us as our
mentors will have a profound impact on our professional development.”
Laramie student Elinore Simpson adds that the support will allow her to
fully devote herself to her studies without the stress of how to finance
“Furthermore, the invaluable opportunity to be mentored by the staff
of Mountain View Regional Hospital will be an experience which will enrich
my learning and provide me with career training that will influence me
years beyond graduation.”
MVRH has been a clinical partner with the School of Nursing since 2010,
initially accepting students from UW’s BRAND accelerated nursing
program for clinical placement during students’ plans of study.
The nursing Aspire program was created to encourage, promote and nurture
scholarship, leadership and professionalism in future nurses. Last year,
the nursing Aspire was renamed the Marcia Dale Aspire Scholars program
in honor of the former school of nursing dean who served 42 years at UW.
The program allows students to experience professional growth and to develop
leadership, communication and collaboration skills. Students serve as
ambassadors for the School of Nursing and participate in a variety of
activities, such as Legislative Days and Discovery Days. Acceptance into
the Aspire program follows an intensive application and interview process,
and culminates with the guarantee of admission to the competitive nursing
major component, normally in the students’ junior year.
Aspire students who will benefit from the MVRH gift during the next three
Centennial, Colo. -- Madison Vigil, senior.
Colorado Springs, Colo. -- Rachel O’Connor, junior; Amy Michael, junior.
Fort Collins, Colo. -- Margaret McDonnell, senior.
Laramie -- Elinore Simpson, senior.
Newcastle -- Amber Wright, senior.
Powell -- Brianne Siebert, sophomore.
Sheridan -- Alexa Blare, junior.
Star Valley -- Rebekah Davis, sophomore.
Walsenburg, Colo. -- Jacey Day, sophomore.
Windsor, Colo. -- Taylor Clark, sophomore.