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In its first year granting scholarships, the Friends of Gila Community College awarded six aspiring students $250 each to help with tuition.
“Each of you has been recognized as great students,” said Friends of GCC President Mary McMullen. “We’re very proud of what GCC offers the community and we’re here to make sure you make it through.”
The six students are Cynthia K. Brodzinski, John Browining, Moni Butler, Charlene Gable, Jessica Pappa and Brianna Troyky.
Each student went through an application process.
Troyky moved to Payson to start her nursing degree. “I’ve already completed my prerequisites,” she said, “Anatomy, Psychology, Biology, Human Anatomy, Micro Biology…”
The list went on.
She hopes to ultimately finish a nursing degree, possibly even a masters in nursing to become a nurse practitioner.
“I’m definitely getting my BSN, maybe finishing up in North Carolina,” said Troyky, a spunky young lady with her mother in tow.
Moni Butler fell in love with Payson after going on a camping trip. What keeps her in town is GCC.
Like Troyky, Butler studies nursing.
“I would like to go into the E.R.,” she said.
Blond and petite, she has already obtained her EMT certificate from GCC.
Payson Campus Dean Pam Butterfield said that this first round of scholarships was made in honor of one of the founders of GCC.
“Doyle Coffey, one of the founders of the college, recently died,” she said. “Some of his family wanted to give scholarships in his name.”
The 12-member board has McMullen as president, Michele Clayton as vice-president, and John Wakelin as treasurer. The other members are Carolyn Bates, Jeanne Casella, Mike Clark, Stephanie Creasy, Sue Munoz, Judy Shafferkoetter, Sid Singhal and John Stanton.
After handing out the scholarships, McMullen left the students with well-wishes.
“We’ll be eager to follow your progress,” said McMullen.