2016 Scholarship Award Recipients

2016 Scholarship Award Recipients

Michigan NADONA was pleased to award two Margaret Godfrey Academic Scholarships at the November 2016 Annual Convention.

The recipients, Jim Antaya and Audria Gilliland, each received $1,000 to help with education costs as they further their careers in the field of nursing.

Jim, an LPN at Meadow Brook Medical Care Facility in Bellaire, Michigan, attended Northwestern Michigan College to become a Registered Nurse.  He graduated in December 2016.  Jim wasn’t able to join us at the Awards Luncheon.  He did share his thoughts via email:

“Please let me express my sincere gratitude at being selected as a recipient of the Margaret          Godfrey Scholarship .  It is an honor to be selected. I would love to attend the MINADONA/LTC     Annual Convocation but I am unable to because I must attend clinical studies that day.  Please                extend my thanks to the members of MINADONA.”   Jim Antaya

Audria Gilliland, a CNA at Life Care Center of Plainwell in Plainwell, Michigan,  is attending Kellogg Community College to become a Registered Nurse.  She anticipates graduation in 2018.  Audria wasn’t able to attend the Awards Luncheon either.  Here are her thoughts (via email):

” I am writing to let you know that unfortunately I will not be able to attend the Convocation as I have my nursing clinical on the day of the event….I am beyond honored that I was chosen for this scholarship….I promise to uphold and honor everything that the award represents with the               eventual goal and set determination of making a difference in the nursing field. I am set to take                 my NCLEX in December to attain my LPN license so that I may gain experience as a nurse in LTC         while finishing the rest of my nursing education to obtain my RN in 2018. I am then planning on        pursuing my BSN….Thank you again for this great honor and please extend my gratitude to all…”             Audria Gilliland

Congratulations to these individuals who are committed to expanding their knowledge and skills in order to provide the best care possible for elderly residents in long term care.


Please Note:  MI NADONA now has two scholarship opportunities.  The Magaret Godfrey Academic Scholarship and The Jim Bebb Reimbursement Scholarship.  Please check the scholarships section of the Michigan NADONA website (www.minadona.org/scholarships) for more information.

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