NIC Alumni Association awards $6,900 in scholarships

Although Shannon Duncan of Post Falls has many roles in life, including full-time North Idaho College Nursing student, she considers her role as wife and mother to be the most important. In fact, it was her two daughters that inspired her to return to college and her husband that has supported her throughout the journey.
“My husband and I have a lifetime goal that supersedes all other goals; that goal is to raise two proud, intelligent and well-rounded young women,” said Duncan. “I realized I could not expect excellence from them if I had not delivered excellence myself. I had to be worthy of being their role model.”
As a working mother, returning to college placed a great deal of financial burden on the family of four, but Duncan was recently selected as the recipient of a $1,500 scholarship from the NIC Alumni Association for the 2006-2007 academic year, which will help her attain her goal of becoming a registered nurse. The scholarship was established by alumnus Doug Bell, ‘42, who created the Doug and Jan Bell Memorial Scholarship memorializing he and his wife Jan.
Since enrolling in college she has already noted a change in her daughters as they watch their mother do homework, study and practice clinical skills.
“I remember how proud I was the day I told my 2-year-old I had to study and she grabbed her Dora the Explorer book and said, ‘Yes, I have to do my studies too, Mommy,’” Duncan said. “I realized that day I was on the right path.”
After completing her nursing degree at NIC, Duncan hopes to work with young, low-income mothers and their children in the health care field.
“It is important for young women to know we cannot erase the past or start over, but we can change the direction of our futures,” Duncan said. “If I can motivate my daughters as well as other young women to continue to pursue dreams even in times of peril, I will have accomplished everything I have ever wanted in life. But first, I have to finish my education, and this scholarship will help me accomplish that first step.”
The NIC Alumni Association also awarded $600 scholarships to Jessica Becker, Naomi Julian and Lianne Gallinger of Coeur d’Alene; Cynthia Rogers of Priest River; Stacey Calvert of Sandpoint; Heather Lewis of Pinehurst; Brieanne Bromley of Wallace; and Rebecca Lang of Sagle. Dustan Roop of Cocolalla received the Hugh Smith Memorial Scholarship for $600.
The NIC Alumni Association scholarships are funded through proceeds of the association’s annual Wild Game Feast fundraiser, held each January.
The North Idaho College Alumni Association awarded $6,900 in scholarships this year. Pictured are (front row) students Jessica Becker, Dustan Roop, Shannon Duncan, (second row) NIC Alumni Association Board Member Elizabeth Beechler, Naomi Julian, NIC Alumni Association Board Member Janet Bunke, (third row) NIC Alumni Association Board Member Sandee Riggs, Cynthia Rogers, Lianne Gallinger and (back) NIC Alumni Association Board Member Wally Adams. Recipients not pictured include Stacey Calvert, Heather Lewis, Brieanne Bromley and Rebecca Lang.

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Posted: Tuesday, May 9, 2006

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