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Nov. 15, 2010

Ruiz awarded Great 100 scholarshipPaula Ruiz

MONROE - Paula Ruiz, an Associate Degree Nursing student at South Piedmont Community College, is one of 25 nursing students from across the state who was recently awarded a scholarship from The Great 100, Inc., and The Great 100 Alumni Association.

Ruiz, 28, of Indian Trail, is in her second year of the ADN program and expects to graduate in May. She received a $1,500 scholarship.

Criteria for the scholarship include that the applicant must be enrolled in a nursing program in North Carolina, must have demonstrated excellence in school and/or practice, and must have a sincere commitment to the nursing profession.

The Great 100 is an organization that annually recognizes 100 nurses from across North Carolina. The Great 100, Inc.< and The Great 100 Alumni Association have awarded $364,500 in scholarships since the program's inception in 1988. The 100 nurses and 25 scholarship recipients honored this year were feted at a gala on Sept. 18 at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.