Three aspiring nurses and one computer science and engineering student honored

 NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (August 23, 2012) – Hospital for Special Care (HSC) recently honored three aspiring nursing students and one computer science and engineering student for their academic achievements.  The students each received a $2,500 scholarship to support their future endeavors. 

Jenna Leigh McManus received the Florence Timura Nursing Scholarship, Briana Gagnon-Zink received the Paul Sutula Nursing Scholarship, and Rachel M. Zelek received the Rona Botwinick Nursing Scholarship, while Ragini Phansalkar earned The John Timura Management of Information Systems (MIS) Scholarship.

McManus is a senior in the nursing program at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), where she is pursuing her passion to become a registered nurse. While at SCSU, she has received the Academic Achievement Award and has made the Dean's List. Professors describe McManus as a bright and caring young woman with a clear plan to achieve her career goal.

Gagnon-Zink graduated from Plainville High School in 2012 and will be attending Quinnipiac University. While in high school, she achieved recognition in the National Honor Society as well as the Spanish and Science National Honor Societies. Her teachers describe her as a young woman who radiates enthusiasm and charisma, is highly motivated and has an impressive work ethics.

Zelek graduated from Berlin High School in 2012 and will be attending the University of Saint Joseph. While in high school, her academic achievements included All Academic Honors, Berlin Bravo Award for Leadership and Service to Others and the Academic Excellence Award. Zelek is described by her teachers as a leader in and out of the classroom. She gives generously of her time to many community causes.

Ragini Phansalkar is the recipient of the newly established The John Timura Management of Information Systems (MIS) Scholarship, which was awarded for the first time this year. Phansalkar is a sophomore at the University of Connecticut pursuing a combined M.D. and Ph.D degree in Computational Biology/Bioinformatics. Her exceptional academic achievements and community involvement, regionally and internationally, make her the ideal recipient of The John Timura Management of Information Systems (MIS) Scholarship. 

The Nursing Scholarship Program is funded through the Hospital for Special Care Foundation, Inc.’s Annual Giving Program, through the generous gifts of hospital employees, and, in part, through the Advancement for Nursing Endowment Fund established by Mr. Allen Botwinick and Mr. Michael Timura in celebration of and in honor of their wives.  In 2011, Mr. Timura funded an additional nursing scholarship, The Paul Sutula Nursing Scholarship in memory of Mrs. Timura’s father. 

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Pictured (L to R): Michael Timura; Lisa Newton, VP Patient Care Services/CNO, HSC; Jenna Leigh McManus; Rachel N. Zelek; Briana Gagnon-Zink; and Dr. John Votto, president and CEO, HSC. Not pictured are Florence Timura and Ragini Phansalkar.