Hospital Volunteers of Venice Awards SCF Nursing Student $5,000 Scholarship

(Bradenton, Fla., May 10, 2016) — The Hospital Volunteers of Venice presented a $5,000 Excellence in Nursing Scholarship to State College of Florida, Manatee Sarasota (SCF) nursing student Catherine Pope. This is the first year the scholarship has been presented, but the hospital volunteers association plans to make it an annual award.

Pope, who earned her Associate in Nursing with a 4.0 grade point average, has been taking classes toward her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at SCF Venice while working full time. She also is active in the Venice community.

“Our thought was we wanted to help the very best nursing students in our service area,” said Dick Fenstermaker, president of the Hospital Volunteers of Venice. “Catherine held a 4.0 grade point average through the two-year nursing program, she is involved in the community and she is working full-time while proceeding on to get her bachelor degree. She stood out for a combination of reasons.”

Pope, who is married and has a school-aged child, told the audience in attendance for the nurses pinning ceremony May 6 at SCF’s Neel Performing Arts Center that the scholarship will help tremendously as she pursues her degree. Ultimately she would like to serve as a nurse practitioner.

“Catherine was the perfect first recipient for our scholarship,” Fenstermaker said. “She is a hard worker and extremely intelligent and she wants to serve our community.”

The Hospital Volunteers of Venice approached the SCF Foundation about creating the scholarship because they value the nursing program at SCF and the nurses who come out of the program.

“We value the relationship and want to partner with SCF because they provide the best nursing education at half the price of other colleges,” Fenstermaker added.

For more information on the SCF nursing program, visit For more information on establishing scholarships contact Cassandra Holmes, executive director SCF Foundation at For information on Hospital Volunteers of Venice, visit

From left Cassandra Holmes, Catherine Pope and Dick Fenstermaker

From left Cassandra Holmes, executive director SCF Foundation, Catherine Pope, scholarship recipient, and Dick Fenstermaker, president Hospital Volunteers of Venice, at the SCF Nursing pinning ceremony.

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