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Amber Wright

Marcia Dale Aspire Scholar

Amber Wright, Marcia Dale Aspire ScholarUPDATE:

Graduated 5/2015; Employed by Mayo Clinic.
Check out 2015 article where Amber Wright, one of the first graduates, reflects on the Marcia Dale Aspire Scholars Program.

What drew you to nursing?

I was born and raised in the small town of Newcastle, Wyoming. While attending high school, I was faced with the problem of what I wanted to be when I grew up, and honestly, I was not entirely sure. As I began considering professions, health care and nursing really stuck out to me. I’ve always liked being around people, helping others, and have enjoyed science. The more I thought about becoming a nurse, the more I wanted to be one.

What drew you to UW?

Fortunately, deciding where to go to school was an easy decision. Ever since I can remember, I wanted to attend the University of Wyoming.

What drew you to Aspire?

In high school, I involved myself in multiple organizations where I often accepted leadership positions in those activities. When I began college, I knew that I would want to be involved again and when I found out about Aspire, I knew it would be a perfect fit.  Being a Marcia Dale Aspire Scholar means so much to me! I have been given an opportunity to develop my leadership skills even further, so that I can one day be a great leader in nursing. This program has also allowed me to meet other future leaders on the same path as myself, and it has given me great role models and mentors. I am excited to get to put my leadership skills into action in my nursing future!

Upon entrance to the Aspire Program:
Scholastic Honors and Awards

  • High School
    Valedictorian; Honor Roll Student; Business Student of the Year; National Honor Society Member; Newcastle Chamber of Commerce Executive Member; Student Council Class Vice President; Future Business Leaders of America Member, Reporter, and President

  • College
    The National Society of Collegiate Scholars Member; President’s Honor Roll; Hathaway Merit Honors; Wyoming Scholars Award; Allen A. and Dorothy Belle Dickey Scholarship Recipient; Mabel C. Sargent Scholarship Recipient; NHS Alumni Scholarship Recipient; Miss McKee Scholarship Recipient; Raymond McClure Scholarship Recipient

Employment, Volunteer & Leadership Activities, Memberships

  • Employment
    Weston County Health Services (2012)
  • Volunteer
    Special Olympics Sports Volunteer; Toys for Tots; Blood Donor; Be The Match Registry Member

  • Leadership
    Being a member of Aspire has provided me with many leadership opportunities including attending the Wyoming Nurses Day of Dialogue, giving tours of the nursing floor, and being a coach for the Special Olympics athletes of Laramie. [Note: Wright also served as president of Student Nurses Association 2014]

Internships / Career Exploration Projects

Wright did an internship with the Mayo Clinic in the summer of 2014.

Aspirations for College and Beyond

After college, I plan to continue my education even further to become a nurse practitioner. With my degree in nursing, I will be able to work almost anywhere and have a variety of nursing fields from which to choose. The possibilities of where I end up living and working are endless!


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