Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00
Carol’s Cause, the Mineola-based charity announced that Amarjeet Kaur, a junior enrolled in he baccalaureate nursing program at Farmingdale State College, is the recipient of the 2013 nursing student scholarship. The scholarship is valued at $3,500. Carol’s Cause is named for and was created to honor the dying wishes of Carol R. Laino, to help other women affected by gynecologic cancers.
In addition to maintaining a 3.8 GPA, Kaur is a certified nursing assistant (CAN) and for the past two and one half years, has been working as such at an area nursing facility. She is also a member of the Academic Golden Key International Honor Society and the Nursing Honor Society. Additionally, Kaur has volunteered in various community outreach programs administering flu vaccines, as well as providing community education on topics such as nutrition, blood pressure screening and disease prevention. She is also the secretary of the Student Nurses Association at the college.
Kaur has achieved all of the above in spite of the fact that she is basically on her own. Her father returned to India shortly after her mother passed away. Joe Laino, the founder and president of Carol’s Cause said, “She represents everything that Carol believed in and he is proud to welcome her into the growing legion of Carol’s “angels.”
The selection of the student is based upon criteria developed by Carol’s Cause and the departmental faculty at Farmingdale State College (FSC) and the selection is subject to the approval of the departmental FSC faculty and the Carol’s Cause Board of Directors.
Carol’s Cause also awards two other monetary awards. The first is an award to a fellow or researcher for an original paper on gynecologic cancers and the second award is a grant to a medical professional for research on endometrial cancer, the cancer that took Carol’s life. Both awards are reviewed by the Medical Review Committee of the Foundation for Women’s Cancer and Carol’s Cause abides by their decision.
In spite of the many advances in the understanding and treatment of these diseases, it is estimated that approximately 88,000 women will be stricken with a gynecologic cancer in 2013.
Send contributions to: Carol’s Cause, 304 Barwick Boulevard, Mineola, New York 11501. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.