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Margaret McDonnell

Marcia Dale Aspire Scholar

Margaret McDonnell, Marcia Dale Aspire ScholarUPDATE:

Graduated 5/2015; Employed by Poudre Valley Hospital in Ft. Collins, Colorado
Check out 2015 article where Maggie McDonnell, one of the first graduates, reflects on the Marcia Dale Aspire Scholars Program.

What drew you to nursing?

For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to be a nurse. I come from a great line of nurses--my great grandma, my grandma and my aunt have all been nurses. I am drawn to the helping aspect of nursing and the way they can make a difference in people lives. I look up to nurses and being a part of that has always been a dream of mine.

What drew you to UW?

I chose the University of Wyoming not only because of the proximity to my hometown of Fort Collins, Colorado, and that it happens to have a small student-to-faculty ratio, but primarily because of the Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing. The school’s great reputation and the respect from the nursing community made it an easy decision to attend the University of Wyoming for nursing education.

What drew you to Aspire?

Applying for the Aspire program was also an easy decision. I knew from the beginning I didn’t just want to be a nurse, I wanted to be a nurse who made an impact and could make a difference in the nursing profession. I wanted to be a leader. Being a part of the Aspire program would give me the head start I needed to make this happen.

Through Aspire I have been given many opportunities to become a better leader, meeting many current nursing leaders, and gaining the knowledge that will help me achieve my goal

Upon entrance to the Aspire Program:
Scholastic Honors and Awards

  • Dean’s list (all 4 semesters) for outstanding GPA

  • Fort Collins State Farm standout student of the year

  • Parent Athletic Club (PAC) Sportsmanship Award

  • Softball team captain

  • Honor Athlete

  • Four year academic letter

  • Four year softball letter

Employment, Volunteer & Leadership Activities, Memberships


  • University of Wyoming Copy Center Technician

  • City of Fort Collins Recreation Summer Camp Counselor


  • Student Nurses Association

  • Special Olympics Wyoming 2013

  • Poudre Valley Hospital Volunteer

  • National Honor Society Member


  • Marcia Dale Aspire Scholar

  • UW Student Nurses Association Vice President 2014

  • Link Leader

  • Stampede Member

  • Booster Club Member

Internships / Career Exploration Projects

I did an internship at Poudre Valley Hospital in the STAR program summer 2014.

Aspirations for College and Beyond

After I graduate with my BSN, I plan to stay in Wyoming and find a job in a hospital. My options are open at this point as to the type of nursing I will pursue. After a couple years of experience I would like to become a nurse practitioner.


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