When honor runs parallel to passion, any goal can be accomplished.
The University of South Florida is well known as one of the biggest and most prestigious nursing schools in the country. But they noted an encroaching problem that jeopardized the future of healthcare — a nationwide shortage of qualified nursing faculty, and therefore an overall shortage of qualified nurses.
Around the same time, Barbara Ann Cole was hoping to honor her parents, Dr. Hershel and Hazel Cole, with a scholarship fund.
Perfect match #1.
The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay connected the two and helped set everything in motion. The Hazel and Hershel Cole Scholarship now makes it possible each year for three individuals to pursue their Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree without the stress of funding such an effort. The recipients need drive and passion.
Perfect match #2.
Being the first in your family to attend college can be a daunting task. But Fallon Blessing had the ambition she needed. Obtaining a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from USF would require a lot. To match every long hour of hard work, Fallon’s mother would be there for every step and her grandmother would help financially where possible. They were quite a team. When Fallon was awarded the B A Cole Scholarship, her hard-working team turned into passionate fans.
Recently,the scholarship recipients were able to meet Barbara Ann and thank her for everything. She left them with one thought. “Be present,” she said. “Even if they can't communicate, your patients can see in your eyes, in your manner, whether you really care.”
On their way to becoming tomorrow’s healthcare leaders, this advice will be practiced and passed along from person to person. Such a legacy is exactly what honors Dr. Hershel and Hazel Cole.