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Scholarship Recipients

Rivka Rivka, our first grantee from Florida, continues loving her nursing school program, and states that her preceptorship in an ICU was a highlight of her college career. She notes it was a lot of work, but emotionally satisfying. She mentions she's experienced a whole range of activities ranging from bonding with people who have mental disorders to seeing babies born. She also has learned that "creating genuine friendships balances and sweetens our lives."

In April 2018, the Dean of the College of Nursing chose her to represent the school as a guest speaker at an Honor Your Doctor Luncheon with the Rotary Club of Downtown Boca Raton. Rivka was recently officially accepted into the BSN-DNP program starting in the Summer of 2018, after having graduated college last spring. She is a Toastmasters member, and has done tutoring at school.

Rivka was born in Moldavia. She lived in Israel before emigrating to the United States at the age of six. While in Israel, at the age of three, she lost much of her hearing. Both her parents also have severe hearing losses. Nevertheless, Rivka has managed to succeed, while helping her parents, who only speak Russian.

Rivka enjoys athletic activities like swimming and gymnastics, has been a volunteer for the Humane Society, and has worked part-time as an orthodontic assistant and gymnastic instructor to help the family make ends meet. She also enjoys strength-training and rock climbing, embracing the idea that if one puts oneself in uncomfortable situations daily, then eventually one becomes comfortable with discomfort -- which exercises both our physical abilities and our everyday interaction abilities.

Rivka also had some advice for new students stepping into college. "Be your authentic self. Meet people outside of your normal circle, ethnic background, and major. Explore the resources that are oftentimes under your nose, try new things. Get to know your community, the artists, philanthropists, political leaders, and janitors. You'll be surprised at how we are interconnected - but above all - human."