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King University News :: King’s Katie Witcher Awarded National Nurse Practitioner Scholarship by Johnson & Johnson and MinuteClinic

King University Nursing student Katie Witcher was one of only 35 recipients to be awarded a $2,500 scholarship through MinuteClinic and Johnson Johnson’s “Together We Care” Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program.  

MinuteClinic, the medical clinic in CVS/pharmacy, along with Johnson Johnson teamed up to create the nationwide scholarship program which awarded 30 Nurse Practitioner scholarships at $2,500 each, and five Doctor of Nursing Practice scholarships at $5,000 each. 

Upon finding out she was one of the 35 recipients of the scholarship award, Witcher said, “I was a little bit surprised and very excited of course.  I am thankful to the Lord for providing.  I would highly recommend other students to take the chance and apply for scholarship awards.

“During Christmas break last year, a family member emailed me about the scholarship contest,” said Witcher.  “Knowing there would be only 35 recipients nationwide was a little intimidating.  I thought to myself it couldn’t hurt to apply.  By the grace of God, I was awarded one of the 35 scholarships.” 

Katie Witcher is currently studying at King University’s Kingsport location to be a Family Nurse Practitioner though King’s Master of Science in Nursing program, from which she will graduate in May.  She previously received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from King in 2006. 

Of her undergraduate studies at King, Witcher commented, “I loved King when I was here the first time studying for my BSN.  The reason I chose King as an undergraduate was because King is a dedicated Christian school.  I also loved the philosophy that whether you are training to be a nurse or a certified public accountant or a photographer, everything is centered on Christ.  When I graduated, I worked for a couple of years as a nurse on the floor, then went on to do some administrative and [health] education work, but I felt the Lord leading me back to the bedside to be with the patients.  I wanted to advance my career as well as have some flexibility in working with patients.  When I was contemplating and praying about going back [to school], King was always the only choice.  I never thought of going anywhere else because of King’s Christian commitment.”

Witcher’s short term goals include graduation in May 2014 then spending time obtaining a good foundation in primary care and family practice.  “Eventually, I would like to work with geriatrics.  Also, something I’ve always wanted to do since my undergraduate years at King is to become involved, either full-time or part-time, in some type of medical mission work.”

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