Southington woman honored with nursing award

Published on Thursday, 22 February 2018 21:18


SOUTHINGTON – Southington’s Christine DeMaio was among five nursing students from 23 Lincoln College campuses who were recently presented with David F. Carney Excellence in Nursing Awards.

The award comes along with a $2,500 scholarship to assist DeMaio’s studies. She is currently a nurse at Bristol Hospital and is on-track to receive her Bachelor’s Degree from Lincoln College this May.

“Christine is a non-traditional student seeking to enhance her career at Bristol Hospital, who has been here since May 2017,” said Gina Swenton, regional director of student financial services at Lincoln College of New England. “Once she graduates with her bachelor’s degree, it will be possible for her to get promoted and take on a supervising role. We feel that we’ve really got a good nursing program here, and we are very proud of her. She is a living testament to what a nursing student should be.”

Each scholarship applicant submitted competitive applications along with letters of recommendations and transcripts indicating their grade point averages and attendance records.

“Christine is a really good student,” Swenton added. “I met her last night when I presented her with her award. She is very motivated and said that she was humbled to be receiving it. I know that she will be very successful in her career.”

The scholarship award is named for David F. Carney, who joined Lincoln in 1999 as chairman and CEO of a small, privately-held system of technical schools. Carney brought the company into post-secondary education and broadened the diversity of educational programs it offered. Lincoln was authorized to include an LPN (licensed practical nursing) program in 2007. By the time Carney retired in 2010, Lincoln Educational Services Corporation had expanded to 45 campuses. The scholarship program and the LPN program at Lincoln’s Paramus, N.J. campus are named after him.

Lincoln College of New England is located at 2279 Mount Vernon Road.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Thursday, 22 February 2018 21:18. Updated: Thursday, 22 February 2018 21:20.