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When Augustine Omwan walked across the Mary Burch Theater stage on January 10 to receive his hard-earned LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) pin, he knew there was still much work ahead. In fact, as Essex County College LPN Class of 2018 president, he said that night, “Remember, this is just the beginning as we continue to move along in our careers.”
The next phase for Nursing graduates is the all-important NCLEX-PN (National Council Licensure Examination for Licensed Practical Nurses), a requirement to earn a state license.
Now Augustine is in an excellent position to continue on his career path of health care. He is one of only 15 students nation-wide, out of 500 applicants, to receive the Phi Theta Kappa Hurst Review NCLEX® Scholarship. The scholarship includes a passcode for free use of the Hurst Review study materials – a $300 value – and a $250 scholarship award to pay for the NCLEX® exam fees.
“This is the first scholarship of its kind that is designed to assist Phi Theta Kappa Nursing students who plan to take the NCLEX® with access to test prep materials and exam fee assistance,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
Essex County College President Dr. Anthony E. Munroe, said of Augustine’s award, “This is fantastic news.”
Augustine, 42, said he first became interested in the nursing profession while working a number of years ago as a youth missionary in his home land of Nigeria.
“I sincerely appreciate the support of those who promote nursing education and want me to continue in my studies,” said Augustine. “Pursuing a career in a competitive field like Nursing is challenging and it’s encouraging to know that people are willing to support me. I’m deeply overwhelmed with joy to be selected as a recipient of the scholarship. This is the beginning of stepping up to a greater height.”