RVNAhealth announces Mary Edna Cargill scholarships

RVNAhealth recently announced the recipients of its 2021 Mary Edna Cargill Scholarships. The scholarships are awarded each year to Bethel residents who are enrolled in, or pursuing, degrees in a health-related field.

The scholarship was founded in 1968 in memory of Cargill, a former Bethel Visiting Nurse Association employee, school and home care nurse. When the association merged with RVNAhealth last November, the legacy and tradition continued.

The 2021 scholarship recipients were chosen by the Mary Edna Cargill Scholarship Selection Committee. This year’s honorees are:

Allison Rodriguez-Brown; Bethel High School, pursuing a degree in communication disorders and speech pathology.

Rachel Nelson; Bethel High School, pursuing a degree in kinesiology.

Sophie Bjornson, senior nursing student at Western Connecticut State University.

Karen de Souza, senior nursing student at Western Connecticut State University.

The award presentations were given at the students’ respective schools by Theresa Santoro, President & CEO of RVNAhealth, and Stan Kessler, DDS, of the home health care service’s board of directors.

“We are so impressed and respectful of the work and the choices that these students have made,” Santoro told Hearst Connecticut Media. “They’ve had quite a journey and they have stayed focused and determined. We are very excited for their promising futures.”