Page 4 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • July 29, 2009 Area Thirty students have been awarded scholarships for the 2009–10 academic year from the Valley Health System Stringer/Featherstone Nursing Scholarship Award Program. Kay Yeomans serves as Chairman of the Scholarship Award Committee. This scholarship program was established to provide financial assistance to qualified applicants. Specifically, the program is for students who intend to pursue a nursing program in an educational institution accredited by the National League for Nursing or other qualified accrediting agencies leading to licensure or a degree in nursing. This year’s 14 new recipients are listed here with their hometowns and academic institutions they plan to attend. They are: Kerrie Bascomb of Oradell, Mount Saint Mary College; Colleen Briggs of Tuxedo, New York, Ramapo College of New Jersey; Danielle Carucci of Franklin Lakes, Auburn University; Amanda Castellvi of Hawthorne, DeSales University; Milena Castillo of Ridgewood, Felician College; Jenna Forsythe of Tuxedo, New York, Ramapo College of New Jersey; Michelle Galeazzi of Park Ridge, Catholic University; Laura Higgins of Glen Rock, Valley Health awards scholarships to 30 students Simmons College; Tracey Highfill of Ridgewood, William Paterson University; Dana Nangle of Elmwood Park, Rutgers University; Amanda Parisi of Oakland, Ramapo College of New Jersey; Stephanie Pereira of North Bergen, Seton Hall University; Alyssa Rittinger of Midland Park, William Paterson University; and Lisa Sileo of Park Ridge, University of Pennsylvania. Yeomans also announced the renewal of the Stringer/ Featherstone Nursing Scholarships for 16 of last year’s awardees. They include: Michael Bendett of Glen Rock, Ramapo College of New Jersey; Kashema Blair of Paterson, Ramapo College of New Jersey; Lindsay Bright of Fair Lawn, University of Connecticut; Madeline Cudina of Upper Saddle River, Ramapo College of New Jersey; Kayla Ji menez of Pa r a mu s, Fel icia n Col lege; M ichel le (continued on page 10) Helpful Hints Helpful Hints from Most teens’ eighteenth birthday is an exciting milestone. They will be graduating from high school, enjoying summer trips, and counting the days until they leave for college. But for adolescents in foster care, this time in their lives is often filled with anxiety. Once they reach their eighteenth birthday, they face the prospect of “aging out” of foster care and moving on to independent living with little or no family help and few support services available. Children’s Aid and Family Services has launched a fundraising drive on behalf of its Thomas R.S. 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