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HCA gives $200,000 for scholarships for APSU nursing students

God bless HCA, Shannon Reagan, a senior nursing student from Clarksville, whispered, as she shook hands with Larry Burkhart, HCA (Hospital Corp. of America) vice president for human resources.

APSU again enjoyed the largesse of HCA yesterday during a special luncheon at which Burkhart presented a check for $200,000 to APSU President Sherry Hoppe to fund scholarships in APSUs baccalaureate and masters degree nursing programs.
“God bless HCA,” Shannon Reagan, a senior nursing student from Clarksville, whispered, as she shook hands with Larry Burkhart, HCA (Hospital Corp. of America) vice president for human resources.

APSU again enjoyed the largesse of HCA yesterday during a special luncheon at which Burkhart presented a check for $200,000 to APSU President Sherry Hoppe to fund scholarships in APSU's baccalaureate and master's degree nursing programs.

This gift is not the first HCA has given APSU's nursing program, according to Roy Gregory, executive director for University advancement.
“This $200, 000 comes on top of $75,000 HCA has given to our nursing program over the last couple of years,” Gregory said.

After Burkhart presented scholarships to 31 nursing students, Dr. Kathy Martin, director of the School of Nursing, thanked him. “Every little bit helps these students,” Martin said. “And this is more than a little. We thank HCA for this generous gift.”

After the presentation, Hoppe told the group, “I overheard some of your comments to Mr. Burkhart as you came forward to receive your scholarships. Each of you has a story to tell. I urge you to go out and tell your story. Tell others what this scholarship and APSU mean to you.
“You are examples of the best of our nursing students, and HCA is a great example of a generous corporate partner. We hope other corporations will follow HCA's lead.”
—Dennie Burke