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Madison Vigil

Marcia Dale Aspire Scholar

Madison Vigil, Marcia Dale Aspire ScholarUPDATE:

Graduated 5/2015; Employed by Denver Children's Hospital
Check out 2015 article where Madison Vigil, one of the first graduates, reflects on the Marcia Dale Aspire Scholars Program.

What drew you to nursing?

I have always had an interest in nursing, but I had an internship when I was a junior in high school at Children’s Hospital Colorado that confirmed it. I spent six weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit shadowing nurses and nurse practitioners. I saw some amazing things and fell in love with the nursing field!

What drew you to UW?

My dad attended the University of Wyoming, so I had wanted to go there as well. When I visited the campus, I loved the location and the people. I am from the city, so the small town feel is a nice change. After visiting other colleges, the nursing program at UW was one of the strongest, so I thought it would be the perfect college for me.

What drew you to Aspire?

I applied for the Aspire program, because I thought it would be a great opportunity to improve my leadership skills and become more involved in the nursing community. I have had opportunities to be a leader in the community, academic, and athletic settings, and this program allows me to apply these skills in a professional environment.

It is an honor to be chosen to be a part of the Aspire program. It provides me with invaluable opportunities to develop my leadership skills and prepare me to become a leader in the nursing field. I have met amazing nursing professionals who are able to mentor me through my education and beyond.

Upon entrance to the Aspire Program:
Scholastic Honors and Awards

High School

Academic Letter (2007-2011), Honor Roll (2007-2011), Physical Education & Health: Outstanding Student Award (2007-2009)


Honor Roll at University of Wyoming (2012-Present), Children's Hospital Colorado MC2 Nursing Scholarship Award

Employment, Volunteer & Leadership Activities, Memberships


Nanny; Internship at Children's Hospital Colorado


Head coach for Special Olympics track and field; Volunteer coordinator for Laramie Special Olympics; Camp Counselor at High Trails Camp with children in 4th grade; Volunteer with Miracles on Ice working with inner city children; Volunteer with Children's Hospital Immunodeficiency Program; Volunteer at summer camp for children with cancer


Head coach for Special Olympics Track; on Board of Directors for Laramie Special Olympics as the Volunteer Coordinator; The Marsha Dale Aspire Scholars Program has also provided me with various leadership opportunities as well.

Internships / Career Exploration Projects

I had an internship at Children's Hospital Colorado. It began when I was a junior in high school. I toured different departments of the hospital once a month, and then participated in a six-week internship in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. I also had an internship in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children's Hospital Colorado during the summer of 2013. I loved every second of these internships and have had so many amazing experiences. They have fueled my desire to become a nurse and have motivated me to push through any obstacle that may get in my way.

Aspirations for College and Beyond

After I receive my BSN, I hope to work in pediatrics. My dream is to work at Children’s Hospital Colorado. After obtaining some experience as an RN, I plan to return to school to become a Nurse Practitioner, and then continue to pursue a career in pediatrics.


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