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Scholarships Awarded to Nursing Students

Scholarships Awarded to Five St. Luke's School of Nursing Students

Bethlehem, PA (3/27/2013) - A grant of $17,840 from the Elizabeth Behr Agocs Scholarship Fund of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation was awarded to St. Luke's School of Nursing to be distributed equally ($3,568) among five scholarships which are intended to assist in covering two-thirds of tuition and related fees of the recipients.

Lehigh Valley Community Foundation

The five students selected by the Nursing Scholarship Selection Committee at St. Luke's are:

  • Nicole M. Bogari
  • Krystal K. Johnson
  • Bridget Quinn
  • Jillian Reifinger
  • Erin Twining

The five selected students expressed their deepest gratitude for receiving the award and the crucial financial assistance it will provide. Nicole Bogari, 33, a first-year nursing student from Easton stated, “Thank you seems like such a small thing to say for the degree of generosity you have shown me.” Also, Erin Twining, 42, a first-year nursing student from Allentown expressed, “Without your generosity, students such as myself would not have the opportunity to fulfill their dreams.”

The Elizabeth Behr Agocs Nursing Scholarship Fund was established by Mrs. Elizabeth Agocs and her husband upon her death. The Fund provides support to a handful of nursing students enrolled in specific nursing programs within the Lehigh Valley, including St. Luke's School of Nursing.

In 1932, Mrs. Agocs enrolled in St. Luke's School of Nursing and graduated in 1935 while passing her state board exam within the same year. According to her school records, her most outstanding character points were “willing, cooperative, alert and intelligent.” Her strong work points included, “observant, intense and capable.” Mrs. Agocs was also regarded as adaptable, conscientious, respectful, reliable and having a good sense of humor.

St. Luke's School of Nursing is very grateful to both the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation and to our beloved alumnus, friend and benefactor who has arranged such a wonderful legacy for the benefit of nursing students in pursuit of their professional career in nursing.

About the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation

One of over 700 Community Foundations nationwide, The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation provides grants to improve the quality of life in the Greater Lehigh Valley. The Foundation gathers and pools contributions large and small, invests them wisely for growth, and makes grants to a wide range of charitable organizations.

The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation manages 162 charitable funds representing a total of nearly $36 million in assets. The Community Foundation strives to promote philanthropy in order to improve the quality of life in our region by using personalized service, local expertise, and community leadership.