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Emily Bandel - "Woman of Promise"
Zonta Club of Laramie Awards Scholarship to Emily Bandel
Emily Bandel is the recipient of the Zonta Club of Laramie's "Woman of Promise Scholarship". She was selected from more than 40 qualified candidates to receive the scholarship that evolved from Zonta International's mission, "Advancing the Status of Women Worldwide." Bandel is a University of Wyoming student studying to receive her Bachelor's of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) from the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing.
When Bandel graduated from high school, she was offered the highest tier of the Wyoming Hathaway scholarship as a result of her high GPA and ACT scores. But due to a diagnosis of leukemia in her freshman year of college, she transferred from the University of Wyoming to Laramie County Community College (LCCC) so that she could be closer to home and the doctors who were treating her while she underwent chemotherapy. During her treatment, she worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and continued college coursework as a full-time student. In January of 2011 she was in remission from her illness and transferred back to UW; however, she would be unable to graduate in four years -- the maximum time period allowed for Hathaway scholarship funding -- due to a difference in prerequisite coursework needed for UW nursing vs. LCCC nursing. The Zonta Club of Laramie's "Woman of Promise" scholarship assisted in paying for the additional year of nursing school needed to complete her BSN degree.
Emily's experience throughout her cancer treatment was instrumental in motivating her to continue her education to the BSN degree and beyond. Bandel noted that she originally wanted to work toward a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Pediatric Oncology. "While I was receiving cancer treatment," she said, "I had the opportunity to be cared for by wonderful nurse practitioners. The care that I received and the difference and impact these individuals had on my life provided me with the insight that I could also do that as a nurse practitioner. I am motivated, compassionate, and driven. I have always had a love for healthcare, but my experiences have ignited a passion in me to strive towards the top," says Bandel. Last summer Bandel was accepted into an internship program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota (see related story), where she was placed on a cardiac transplant unit. She would be thrilled to have the opportunity to work in such a unit in her future.
Fighting tears, Emily presented her story and personally thanked the Zonta Club of Laramie last fall, explaining how much this scholarship meant to her in being able to continue her education. Bandel will graduate with her BSN this May 2013.