Established in 2006, the Jeanne K. Buxbaum Scholarship is awarded to students in the School of Nursing who focus on the care of older adults, especially those dealing with frailty in late life, such as sensory losses. A generous gift from Dr. Jeanne K. Buxbaum (1915-2003), who appreciated the care she received from professional nurses during the last years of her life, makes these scholarships possible. Dr. Buxbaum, who earned a doctorate in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Science, was the first female doctorate-prepared chemist employed by DuPont, where she worked until her retirement in the late 1980s.

Here are the recipients for 2018-2019:

Ariana Acosta is a sophomore nursing student from Bear, Del. Since becoming a certified nursing assistant in her junior year of high school, she has gained valuable experience working in long-term care facilities caring for older adults. The Buxbaum scholarship will aid her aspirations to advocate and learn about the care of geriatric populations.

Allison Cortright is a sophomore nursing student from Whippany, N.J. Cortright draws inspiration from her grandparents who struggle with progressing sensory deprivation and age-related difficulties. This, combined with her mother’s experience as a geriatric nurse, sparked Cortright’s interest in gerontology. 

Emily Trizano, a sophomore nursing student from Eastchester, N.Y., became interested in gerontology in 2015, when she spent long hours with her family at the hospital caring for her grandfather. Her goal is to be as great as the nurses she saw so compassionately care for her grandfather.

Leanna Bahadur is a sophomore nursing student from Middletown, Del. Bahadur has experience working with patients as a student nurse extern at Christiana Care Health System. Her goal is to become a registered nurse working with older patients and the health challenges they face. Her long-term goal is to attain a doctorate in nursing as preparation for a faculty position.

Kathleen Davis graduated from Salisbury University in 2013 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is currently in her third year of the adult gerontology nurse practitioner MSN program. She began her nursing career at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford and is currently employed at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia. 

Mollie S. Graham is a first year Ph.D. student from Elkton, Md. She has been a Registered Nurse for more than 20 years, graduating from Johns Hopkins in 1996. Along with her BSN, she also has a BS in biology from Washington College. Working as a full-time school nurse and part-time assisted living nurse for most of her career, she had a yearning for more and decided to return to school. 

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