Beverly Gifford admired her mother for having the drive and determination to begin a nursing career when she was 49 years of age. That drive has always inspired her to try and help others seeking to find a career path as a nurse.
Earlier this month, the founder of Gifford TV & Electronics put her money where her heart is by creating a $15,000 endowment to the Ranger College LVN program for a local student seeking to begin a career in the healthcare industry. During a recent ceremony at Ranger College’s Erath County campus, Gifford presented the 2016 scholarship to sophomore Saige Wells.
“I am so thankful for this,” said Wells, the daughter of J.D. and Stephanie Wells of Huckabay. “I am so thankful and proud to receive the scholarship. It will be a big help.”
“I am very touched and thankful for their generosity,” added Wells, a 2012 graduate of Huckabay High School who is scheduled to graduate from Ranger College’s LVN program in August.
After completing her studies at Ranger College, Wells said she plans to continue her education by attending Tarleton State University in Stephenville to obtain her Bachelors of Science degree in nursing.
For Gifford, the scholarship was a nod toward both the past and her mother, and the future with helping others.
“My mother was 49 before she ever went into nurse’s training because she was empty nest and wanted something to do,” Gifford said during a special ceremony. “It is an opportunity for somebody later in life that may want to get out and do something.”
Ranger College operates nursing programs at four of its locations, including Stephenville, Brownwood, Comanche, and Ranger.
For more information about scholarships or the RC nursing program contact Dr. Kerry Schindler, Vice President of the Erath County Center in Stephenville at (254) 918-7232.