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March of Dimes Announces Nursing Scholarship Recipients
Date:5/22/2009

Four Outstanding Nurses Recognized for their Dedication to Maternal and Infant Health

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four exceptional registered nurses have been awarded scholarships from the March of Dimes for graduate studies in the field of maternal-child nursing, it was announced today.

"The nursing profession has played a key role in the history and mission success of the March of Dimes dating back to our founding in 1938. Through these scholarships, we hope to demonstrate our continued appreciation.," said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse,, President of the March of Dimes. "Choosing the recipients was especially challenging because the pool of applicants becomes stronger each year. Once again, we are proud to support these four nurse scholars as they continue their tireless work towards improving maternal and infant health.

March of Dimes support for nursing education originated during the earliest years of the foundation with grants for public health nursing to fight polio. Recognizing the link between continuing education and improved care of mothers and babies, the March of Dimes developed a series of continuing education courses to train nurses in the latest scientific and clinical advances. The current March of Dimes annual Graduate Nursing Scholarship, founded in 1997, represents March of Dimes ongoing commitment to assist registered nurses. Each recipient receives $5,000 to continue their graduate maternal-child nursing studies. The number of scholarships awarded swelled to eight in 2008.

The 2009 scholarship recipients are:

MaryJane Lewitt, RN, CNM, MN, of Atlanta, Georgia, who is pursuing a doctorate in nursing at Emory University. Ms. Lewitt has worked in several maternal-child health settings, including operating a solo nurse-midwifery practice. In 2000, she received the prestigious Kitty Ernst Award, a nationa
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