Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

Dreyer scholarships awarded for 2020 semester

Posted: Friday, August 14, 2020

A trio of registered nurses at Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH) who are pursuing Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing has been awarded Jill Dreyer scholarships for the fall 2020 semester.

Heather Cearbaugh, Angela Martinsky and Jalinda Simmons will receive $1,000 each toward their education costs for the upcoming academic semester. Cearbaugh and Simmons are degree candidates at Western Governors University; Martinsky is pursuing her degree at South University.

The awards were announced by Mike Perkins, director of Parkview Huntington Foundation, which administers the Jill Dreyer funds.

“The Jill Dreyer Scholarship program represents generosity at work,” Perkins said. “It is sustained by gifts from Parkview Huntington Hospital co-workers during the foundation’s annual Employee Generosity Campaign, and with proceeds from foundation-sponsored community events.”

Cearbaugh, who lives in rural Roanoke, is currently a case management specialist at Parkview Huntington Hospital. She began her career in 1993 as a nursing assistant in Fort Wayne, and was a bedside nurse and nurse lead for two decades before recently moving into her current role. She has been at PHH since 2005. This is her first Jill Dreyer Scholarship.

Martinsky, of Huntington, is the infection preventionist for the hospital. She began her 21-year career as a nurse technician at Huntington Memorial Hospital and has served in various nursing capacities at PHH since it opened. This is her third Jill Dreyer Scholarship award.

Simmons, a Marion resident, is a nurse at Parkview Huntington. She has been in nursing for 31 years, the last three as a member of the hospital’s Family Birthing Center team. This is her first Jill Dreyer Scholarship.

The scholarship program was established in 2004 in memory of the late Jill Dreyer, a Parkview Huntington Hospital nurse. It provides as many as six scholarships each year to full- and part-time Parkview Huntington Hospital employees pursuing a nursing education. Since its inception, the Jill Dreyer Scholarship program has provided $43,000 in assistance to 36 individuals.