The Catherine R. Gussman Endowed Nursing Scholarship

This scholarship is for Spring and Summer

Established by William and Susan Gussman, this scholarship honors Bill’s mother, Catherine R. Gussman. Catherine Gussman sought a career in nursing and after graduating from Simmons College in Boston, Mass., she began working at the Boston Children’s Hospital. Taking a short vacation to visit her boyfriend in New Orleans she traveled by bus. Along the route the bus came upon a car accident in rural
Louisiana. Catherine rushed to help the injured passengers. Another bus passenger, an Eagle Scout and recent Columbia Engineering School graduate also pitched in to help. Thus began an acquaintance that developed into a long relationship with her future husband, Lawrence, an accidental meeting that last over 50 years.

By establishing this scholarship fund the family wishes to honor Catherine’s work and to encourage others to dedicate themselves to the nursing profession especially in underserved areas of this country and around the world. The scholarship funds may be used to offset the costs of tuition, fees, room, and board during the planned two-year period of upper division nursing course enrollment at the College of
Coastal Georgia. The scholarship is awarded upon the acceptance and enrollment into the College’s BSN program. One student will be selected to receive the minimum award of $11,800.00 annually and will be eligible for award renewal, given successful and continuous matriculation and academic progress. Funds are dispersed at a semester rate of $5,900.00 during both Fall and Spring semesters.

Criteria include the following:
Recipients must have completed their general curriculum requirements and have been accepted into the Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing Program;
Recipients must plan to pursue a nursing career in pediatrics;
Recipients must have a strong academic record, as exhibited by a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or greater
Recipient must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester.

Up to $11,800
Supplemental Questions
  1. Preference for this scholarship will be given to nursing students who are seeking a career in pediatric nursing. Do you plan to pursue a career in pediatric nursing?