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Spears Receives Dr. Shirley D. Miller Scholarship

Nicole Spears (left), a nursing student at Okefenokee Technical College, has been selected as the first recipient of the Dr. Shirley D. Miller Scholarship. Cindy Tanner, OTC Resource Development Director, recently presented Spears with her scholarship check. Spears and Tanner

Spears graduated from Lakeland Senior High School in Lakeland, Florida. She is a Brantley County resident, a member of the National Technical Honor Society, and a member of the Southside Baptist Church in Nahunta. She holds a technical certificate in phlebotomy and is a Certified Nursing Assistant. Spears plans to continue her education in the nursing field and eventually work as an OB Nurse.

Ray Miller, former president of the college and husband to Dr. Miller, along with other family members, established the Dr. Shirley D. Miller Scholarship to honor and recognize Dr. Shirley Dowling Miller’s twenty-five year tenure at OTC, where she contributed greatly to the nursing profession in this community, to the college, and to education in general.

A Shirley D. Miller Scholarship will be awarded to one student in each graduating nursing class at Okefenokee Tech. The scholarship award is given to help deserving students pay the fee required for the NCLEX, an examination required for licensure of practical nurses. The NCLEX is developed by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing and measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse.

OTC President Gail Thaxton, along with Brenda Basile, the OTC nursing program director, would like to thank the Miller Family for their generosity and support of the nursing program. “What a great way to honor Dr. Miller, a much loved educator who made a positive impact on the nursing field and who helped advance nursing careers in our community. Through this scholarship fund, the Miller family will continue to help others. Congratulations to Nicole Spears as the recipient of this distinguished award,” said Thaxton.


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