Your support, whether as a member or as participant or sponsor of the Book & Author Dinner makes a real difference in our community. 

Tamika is a 29 year-old single mother of two children.  She is a Work Study student with an annual income of $2,693.  She is not eligible for a Federal grant.  Tamika is entering her 3rd year of Nursing School at Jefferson College of Health Sciences with a GPA of 3.657.  

“It has always been a dream of mine to become a nurse.  One day I want to be able to be the nurse that touched someone’s life.”  Tamika.

Kellie is an18 year-old daughter of a single mother.  Her mother’s annual income is $13,115.  Kellie graduated high school with a GPA of 4.3.  She is entering her 2nd year of the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program at Jefferson College of Health Sciences with a GPA of 4.000.  

“I first became interested in Occupational Therapy when my mother started working with children who have special needs.  These children touched my heart, and I knew that I wanted to be able to help them become more independent in life.  This job will really be a blessing in my life.”  Kellie

Brian is a 37 year-old married father of three.  He has been working as a firefighter and paramedic for the City of Salem.  Brian will be unable to continue working full time while he pursues his Master’s Degree in the field of Physician Assistant at the Jefferson College of Health Sciences.  He obtained an undergraduate degree previously with a GPA of 3.804.  

“Working as a paramedic has helped me to realize that I have a passion for the practice of medicine.  I believe I am a good investment for your organization.  As a non-traditional, more experienced student I understand the value of scholarships and hard work,” Brian said. 

“Going back to Nursing School has been a dream of mine for several years, but I have been hesitant to do so as I was anxious about placing a huge financial load on my family.  I really appreciate the committee’s generosity as you have greatly contributed to my education.  I guarantee that the financial assistance will be put to good use as I will work my hardest to honor both the RAMA Foundation and the scholarship committee as a whole.”  Jessica

“I am a student in the Associate of Applied Science in Occupational Therapy. I am a wife and mother of three daughters and I am always telling them how important a college education is.  The financial assistance you have provided me will be of great help in paying my educational expenses, and will allow me to concentrate more on my studying.  Thank you again for your generosity and support.  I promise I will work very hard and eventually give something back to others, both as an occupational therapy assistant and possibly as a scholarship …..”  Serena

“I am a Nursing major with a passion for caring for and educating others.  I am currently a senior carrying 15 units, and plan to graduate this fall (Dec. 2014).  After that I plan to work full time for one year before pursuing my Master’s in Nursing.  Thanks to the committee, I am one step closer to that goal.  Your generosity has encouraged me to keep pressing forward despite the challenges and has given me hope.  I know that one day I too will be in a position to help other students such as myself, achieve their goals just as the committee has helped me.  Again, thank you so much!”  Virginia

Jessica is a nursing student at JCHS:

“I would like to personally take the time to thank you for your generosity in funding scholarships throughout the community. I am absolutely honored that I was chosen to be a recipient of one of your awards.  This funding has helped not only me as a student, but has lightened the financial burden for my family as I finish full-time nursing school.  

I am entering my last semester of JCHS’s accelerated program for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  After receiving word that I was selected for one of your scholarships, I finished my summer with a 4.0 GPA for the semester, and overall GPA of 3.93 in the Accelerated BSN program.  Without support from organizations such as yours, nursing school would not have been a financially attainable goal for me.  I can fully guarantee that your investment in me as a student is an investment in the future of this community….I am currently in line to graduate at the top of my class….and starting to send out resumes around the Roanoke Valley….Thank you again for your financial support.”  Jessica