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OJC Press Release ID: 2950


Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Ashley Rochelle Abel Memorial Scholarships Awarded

 

Two Otero Junior College nursing students were awarded Ashley Rochelle Abel Memorial Scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year. Francis Song and Caleb Meschter both nursing students were chosen as this year’s recipients. The scholarships of $500 each will help support their education costs.

Francis Song is in the OJC Nursing program and is working on his two-year Associate of Science degree. He plans to continue on to acquire a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). After obtaining his BSN, he would like to be a traveling nurse. He has several family members in the medical field, orthodontists, to be specific, that have influenced his decision to go into nursing.

Song is originally from New York City but more recently lived in Alamosa, CO. In addition to full time courses, he is also working as a paramedic with the La Junta Fire Department. Some of his hobbies include running, traveling, and cooking.

Caleb Meschter is also in the OJC Nursing program and is currently working toward obtaining his Registered Nurse license. Working as an EMT for 4 years before enrolling at OJC, he functioned as an instructor in field training. He is a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) but decided to pursue his RN to fulfill his goal of working at a Children’s Hospital.

Originally from Molokai, Hawaii, Meschter moved to California for several years before coming to Colorado two years ago. He currently resides in Colorado Springs with his wife and 1 year old son, but makes the drive to La Junta for his courses and clinicals. Meschter also was awarded a $1,000 Kaiser Scholarship to help support his schooling.

The scholarship honors the memory of Ashley Abel, an OJC student with a passion for nursing, who passed away in January 2014. Her mother, Jody Bracy, started the scholarship in her honor. The funding for these scholarships come from Ashley’s Run. Last year’s event raised the funding for this year’s recipients. The event was held on Sept. 22, 2018. For more information on this event, visit the Ashley Rochelle Abel Memorial Scholarship page on Facebook.

As part of the requirements of the scholarship, Song and Meschter will complete five hours of community service to the Wayne Cash Annual Toy Run and Toy Dance; the Ashely Rochelle Abel Memorial Foundation; or the La Junta American Legion within the academic year.

 

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Ashley Rochelle Abel Memorial Scholarship recipient Francis Song, Alamosa, is presented the OJC scholarship by Jody Bracy, Ashley Abel’s mother and Cindy Canfield, OJC nursing faculty member.

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Ashley Rochelle Abel Memorial Scholarship recipient Caleb Meschter, Colorado Springs, is presented the OJC scholarship by Jody Bracy, Ashley Abel’s mother and Cindy Canfield, OJC nursing faculty member.




 

 

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