Two Ventura College nursing students and Community Memorial Health System team members were recently awarded the 2017 Meister Family Foundation Nursing Scholarship. Taylor Dransart and Dorothy Owusu were chosen by a four-member panel comprised of CMHS nursing professionals and evaluated based on a number of criteria including GPA, community involvement, and their personal stories of dedication to the field of nursing.
Taylor Dransart has worked at Community Memorial Hospital in the Mother Baby Unit for 5 years and is a proud mother herself. Daughters Teiara, 6, and Malaya, 2, were two of Taylor’s biggest motivations to finish the RN program at Ventura College. Taylor has wanted to be a nurse since she was a little girl and believes that nothing is more rewarding than caring for others. She hopes to continue her career at CMHS as a Labor and Delivery or Emergency Room nurse.
Dorothy Owusu’s journey to the field of nursing began in West-Africa Ghana where she was the first of her siblings to get her high school diploma. While attending school, Dorothy worked and helped care for her younger siblings. When she arrived in the United States she discovered that a career in nursing would allow her to continue to care for others. She currently works at Community Memorial Hospital as a Certified Nurse Assistant, Telemetry Technician, and Telemetry Unit Secretary and recently completed her third semester of nursing school at Ventura College.
The scholarship fund is awarded annually and was started in 2007 by Barbara Meister as a way to show her deep appreciation for the exceptional care her late husband received as a patient at Community Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Meister (center) is pictured below with the 2017 scholarship awardees, Taylor Dransart (right) and Dorothy Owusu (left). Please join us in congratulating both recipients for this special recognition!