Recipients of the María de los Ángeles Gonzales Nursing Award at ENMU-R meet their donors at a recent gathering. The students are shown in the front row, from left, Krystal Paez, Rachel Vale and Gina Segura. In back row, from left, are ENMU-R Foundation Coordinator Craig Collins; members of the Gonzales family, Frank González, Robert González, Melinda González and Isidro González; and ENMU-R Financial Aid Assistant Kimberly Andazola. (Submitted Photo)
ENMU-Roswell students selected to receive the María de los Ángeles González Nursing Award this fall semester met recently with the donors, members of the González family of Roswell.
Each student, Krystal Paez, Rachel Vale and Gina Segura, received a $600 scholarship. The scholarship is administered by the ENMU-Roswell Foundation.
Paez, 23, is in her second year of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. She doesn’t receive any other form of financial aid, so the scholarship money will help her to complete the program. She would like to work with infants and provide early intervention care. She also hopes to pursue a master’s degree.
Vale, 34, is the mother of three children and completing her final semester of the criminal justice program. She also has no other form of financial aid, and said she was excited to receive the tuition assistance. She will graduate with associate’s degrees in criminal justice and human services. She also will receive two certificates in human services. She wants to pursue a career in the juvenile justice and probation fields and plans to obtain a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from ENMU in Portales.
Segura, 43, is a second-year nursing student. She will graduate next May. She is working full time at Lovelace Regional Hospital. Segura plans to obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees focusing on psychiatric nursing. She said the scholarship will be used for tuition expenses.
The scholarship was created in honor of María de los Ángeles González, the second child in a family of 12 children who passed away at age 37. Born in Mexico in 1945, she came to Roswell in 1954 and graduated from Goddard High School in 1966. After graduating from high school, she became an American citizen.
She attended and graduated from a nursing program at St. Mary’s Hospital and worked at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center for several years. Family said that she was well known and loved by her patients and co-workers for her dedication, kindness and nurturing spirit. The González family seeks to keep her memory alive by helping students fulfill their career goals.
For information about donating to the scholarship, contact Craig Collins with the ENMU-R Foundation, 575-624-7304, or the Financial Aid Office, 575-624-7114.