This scholarship has opened many doors for me. It’s allowed me to pursue one of my dreams, since I was in seventh grade, to become a Nurse! The T.J. Myrick Scholarship continues to give me the chance to forget about my financial worries and truly focus on my studies. I’ve been able to gain confidence in what I’m learning and why I decided to care for the whole person. I want to be able to provide the best care possible to a patient and being a student at Regis University is giving me that opportunity. My passion for learning has been able to continuously grow through the Nursing Program. I couldn’t be more excited for where my future is headed and it is because of the T.J. Myrick Scholarship that I’m able to have this mindset.
My name is Melissa Howell and I had the honor of being the first ever recipient of the TJ Myrick Scholarship. Since my graduation from Regis University, I successfully passed my board license exam on the first attempt and began working at the Swedish Medical Center in Denver shortly there after. It has been an amazing place to work with many supportive coworkers as I begin to develop my career and nursing practice. In addition to caring for my patients, I have most recently been awarded the position as co-chair for our Unit Based Council where the idea of shared governance allows the nursing staff to make their voices heard on changes in the hospital and share ideas about how we can make our work more efficient and safer, and better the time our patients spend with us. My unit director has also asked me to begin taking students and new nurses to shadow me occasionally during my work due to my affinity for teaching. I look forward to further growing in my skills and my nursing practice for years to come! I owe my successes in part to the Mr. and Mrs. Myrick and the TJ Myrick Scholarship for helping me turn my dreams into a reality. This scholarship meant so much to me and I know will help so many other bright future nurses in helping their dreams come true as well!