FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Emily Blackie
EBlackie@vnaohio.org / 216-315-0805
CLEVELAND, Ohio (March 24, 2017) – In October, 2016, Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Ohio was proud to receive a $30,000 check from The Sherwin-Williams Women’s Club to fund the Belle Sherwin Scholarship Award.
This award will help reduce barriers to education for four female, single working parents at VNA who are interested in pursuing or furthering their clinical education. Funding will help these individuals reach the next level of certification, including State Tested Nurse Assistant, Licensed Practical Nurse or Registered Nurse.
Eligible employees must be full-time staff, provide evidence of financial need and academic eligibility. Applicants must write a 300-word essay expressing future professional goals and an overview of why they choose the nursing profession.
VNA of Ohio, in partnership with the Women’s Club, announced the details of the scholarship on what would have been Belle Sherwin’s 148th birthday. The scholarship is named for Belle, the daughter of Henry Sherwin, founder of The Sherwin-Williams Company. Belle was a founding member of the Visiting Nurse Association of Cleveland Board of Trustees from 1902 to 1924. She was an active Board member serving as the chair for several committees, as well as the Board President.
In her many roles throughout Greater Cleveland’s health and human services, Belle is credited with establishing the philosophy and guiding principles for nursing services at the Visiting Nurse Association. Beyond her civic duties, Belle was a pioneer for women in education.
About The Sherwin-Williams Women’s Club
The Sherwin-Williams Women’s Club was created in 1911; engages in philanthropic endeavors and promotes the business and social welfare of its members through educational activities, training, acquaintances and friendships. Their motto is “Ever Forward.”
About Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio
VNA of Ohio is a non-profit, community-based healthcare organization that has been helping patients for more than 100 years. The organization works with hospitals, doctors, community agencies and companies to provide services for patients in their homes. Services include skilled nursing care, mental healthcare, social work services, rehabilitation therapies, hospice and personal care assistance. VNA of Ohio provides high-quality, comprehensive home health and hospice care to promote health, independence and dignity to those living in our communities. Learn more at vnaohio.org.