Valerie Mongan, RN, Barb Runyon, Kayla Blair, Teresa Napier, RN.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – A Greencastle woman has been named as the sixth recipient of the Kristin Runyon Memorial Scholarship.

Kayla Blair, a nursing student at Mount Alyosius College in Cresson, PA will graduate in December 2017 with an Associate’s Degree.  She plans to earn her Bachelor’s by May of 2018, and then go on to get her Master’s in nursing.  Eventually, she aspires to become a nursing educator.

Blair holds a grade point average of 3.43 and is involved in many academic and community activities.

“Nurses are expected to cry with patients, advocate for patients’ well-being, and overall give a holistic approach to treating patients,” Blair said.  “Nursing is a trusted, respected, humbling field to work in. I want to live out my passion of caring for others every day.”

The family of the late Kristin Runyon along with officials from Chambersburg Hospital chose Kayla, based on her grades, commitment, and attitude towards her schooling.

“Kayla was selected for the scholarship award because her qualities and attributes of compassion, empathy, servant leadership, and passion for nursing represent the professional nurse,” said Barb Runyon, mother of Kristin. “Kayla was the perfect choice to continue Kristin’s legacy of compassionate care.”

The Kristin Runyon Memorial Scholarship awards $3,000 each year to a student currently enrolled in a full-time registered nurse education program.  The student must have a minimum grade point average of 2.8 and be a resident of Franklin County or the surrounding communities.

Applications for the 2017 scholarship are available from Chambersburg Hospital’s Development Office and by clicking here.  Applicants should submit a cover letter, scholarship application, official transcript, one academic and one clinical letter of reference to the Summit Health Development Office, 785 5th Ave Ste #1, Chambersburg, PA  17201.  Applications will be accepted until June 20, 2017.

Community members may support the Kristin Runyon Memorial Scholarship with a charitable donation.  Check should be made payable to “Chambersburg Hospital” and mailed to the Development Office with a note to use for the scholarship.