Ocean Ridge-David Kelly Nursing Endowment at BCC
ORCA Visits BCC Campus for Nursing Lab Simulation Demonstration
Nurses impact the lives of everyone they touch and are the protectors and caregivers to the sick and needy. The Ocean Ridge-David Kelly Nursing Endowment, the result of fundraising efforts by the Ocean Ridge Charities Association (ORCA), was set up to help second year nursing students who maintain a 3.0 or higher GPA while studying at BCC. The nursing scholarship originated by David Kelly, in memory of two of his sisters, who were both in the medical field.
On October 12, 2016, seven members of ORCA visited the campus of Brunswick Community College to see a live demonstration of the Associate Degree of Nursing (ADN) program’s new nursing simulation lab. Currently, the ADN program has 28 first year students and 24 second year students. Additionally, 100% of the graduates over the past two years have successfully passed the NCLEX on their first attempt.
“The Nursing Simulation Lab mimics what happens in a hospital while giving the students a safe place to work. The lab allows our students to make mistakes and hone their skills. We have seen a higher retention and accuracy rate among our students since utilizing the Simulation Lab,” remarked Barbara Mankey, Director of the ADN Program. With functioning headwalls that include oxygen machines and bed monitors, mannequins (including geriatric, middle aged, pediatric/, and a birthing mom), the Nursing Simulation Lab puts the students in as close to a real life scenario as possible, without actually being in a hospital.
After the demonstration, ORCA had a chance to speak with the students about their experience in the nursing program and how the scholarships have helped them. “Receiving the Ocean Ridge-David Kelly Nursing Scholarship has been unbelievable. I couldn’t be here without the support of ORCA,” says Corey, a recipient of the scholarship.
Program Objective: To provide one scholarship per year for a qualifying 2nd year nursing school student at Brunswick Community College who maintains a GPA of 3.0 or greater, has demonstrated financial need and is a resident of Brunswick County.
Need: Over 70% of BCC students need some kind of financial aid.
The Brunswick Community College Foundation, organized in 1982, is a charitable organization 501(c)(3) instituted to enhance the mission of Brunswick Community College to a level of excellence and purpose for students and the community. The Foundation is a vital resource for the acceptance and solicitation of all gifts for the support of education and the continued growth and progress of Brunswick Community College. The Foundation enables the college to meet a number of diverse needs that could not be achieved solely with state funding.
Methods: Scholarships are awarded annually through the Brunswick Community College Foundation’s application process. The application period for BCC Foundation Scholarships typically begins on April 1 and ends on May 30 of each year. The Endowment provides scholarships for qualifying 2nd year nursing school students at Brunswick Community College who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or greater, are in financial need and are Brunswick County residents.
Results: The Ocean Ridge Charities Association’s (ORCA) first fundraising effort was for Nursing Scholarships at Brunswick Community College (BCC). Trivia Nite in April 2011 was initially planned to be a one-time fundraising event for nursing scholarships, which was to be combined funds with the previously established nursing scholarship fund, initiated by David Kelly prior to his death, in honor of two of his sisters who had been in the medical field. Following this very successful fundraising effort, the generosity of Ocean Ridge residents, family, friends, and the BCC Foundation, a plan was created to grow the funds to reach the funding level required for an endowment, $25,000, over a five-year period.
On September 9, 2011, ORCA officially announced at the check presentation to the Brunswick Community College Foundation the establishment of the Ocean Ridge Charities Association-David Kelly Nursing Scholarship Endowment which would provide nursing scholarships in perpetuity as part of the Brunswick Community College Foundation scholarship program. Dr. Susanne Adams, President of BCC stated at the check presentation event to the Foundation: “These scholarships make a huge difference in the lives of these students. Without them, they wouldn’t walk through our doors.”
Since the inception of the endowment in 2011, the Ocean Ridge-David Kelly Nursing Scholarship Endowment has provided 4 scholarships. As one scholarship recipient stated, with similar sentiments from others, “you have lighten my financial burden which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school, learning. Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day to be able to help students achieve their goals as you have helped me. Donations truly make a difference in the lives of students and your donation has made one in mine.”
In September 2014, a year prior to ORCA’s commitment, we retired the debt to the BCC Foundation and were proud to have achieved another milestone by reaching the $30,000 funding level, which will allow more scholarships to be provided.
Donations may still be made to nursing scholarships to increase the annual number of recipients able to benefit from this effort and meet the demanding needs in the Brunswick County community. Memorial matching funds are also available with details on the website.
Nursing Endowment Celebration &