Employees and their dependents use Horsman Scholarship to generate healthier communities

Sun, Oct 27, 2013


Whether they care for newborn babies, counsel UNTHSC students, or treat patients – all 10 recipients of the Rand Horsman Employees Scholarship will help create healthier communities – aided by a generous contribution from the “SolUtions aren’t possible without U” campaign.

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Lauren Coronado discovered her love of caring for women and their babies when she shared a young mother’s loss of a newborn at a Fort Worth hospital. The patient’s physician confirmed the child had many health problems and likely would not thrive. The mother chose the hospital’s TLC program – the baby would be loved and cherished during the hours he lived, but staff would not intervene to revive the infant.

“They spent hours together – her hugging him, sharing him with her family and singing songs to him,” said Coronado, RN.

When the baby died, “she cried and I cried with her,” Coronado said. “We talked about how he would never know hate or unkind people and that all he knew was unconditional love since the day he was conceived.”

Coronado, daughter of Kelly Zarwell, Program Manager, Professional and Continuing Education, was inspired by the UNT Health nurse midwives she works with, and she wants to become a nurse midwife herself.

“I had always thought labor and delivery was the happiest place in the hospital, but I also realized it can easily become the saddest,” Coronado said. “We get to help people in this life-changing experience, whether it be a happy time or a time of loss. I found the place where I was destined to be.”

A donation from UNTHSC’s Fund for Excellence, funded largely by employee giving, enabled more people than ever – 10 – to receive the $1,000 scholarships. Last year, only three were given.

2013 recipients are:

  • Jessica Erwin, Student Development Coordinator, Student Services, pursuing a doctor of education degree at UNT.
  • Emily Mire, Coordinator II, Student Services, pursuing a masters of education counseling at TCU and a PhD in health studies at Texas Woman’s University.
  • Marcy Paul, Instructor, School of Public Health, completing a PhD in women’s studies at Texas Woman’s University.
  • Mayra Rodriguez, Program/Project Coordinator I, School of Public Health, working toward a PhD from UNTHSC’s School of Public Health.
  • Felicity White, Senior Admissions Associate, School of Health Professions, completing a master of education degree at Angelo State University.
  • Sam Adrignola, son of Matt Adrignola, Director and Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, student in UNTHSC’s Department of Physical Therapy.
  • Lauren Coronado, RN, daughter of Kelly Zarwell, Program Manager, Professional and Continuing Education, attending UTA in pursuit of applying for midwifery school.
  • Kyndall Freer-Christopher, daughter of Randall Christopher, Energy Manager, Facilities Management, an undergraduate student at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla., who wants to be a physician assistant.
  • Katrina Patterson, daughter of Rita Patterson, attending UNT, who also wishes to be a physician assistant.
  • Christopher Rhodes, husband of Emily Rhodes, Records Management Coordinator, Student Affairs, a second-year TCOM student and rural scholar.

All are grateful for the scholarship.

Emily Mire

Emily Mire helps UNTHSC students through some of their most challenging times.

“This scholarship helps me pursue my education, which gives me the opportunity to develop greater strengths to help students walk through some tough situations,” she said. “I have the privilege of helping take care of our students. I never want to lose that feeling.”

mayra rodriguez

Mayra Rodriguez originally wanted to be a physician. Then she became involved in a research study in which she worked closely in the community. She remembers one man’s life was saved because he participated in the study – a CT scan he wouldn’t have been able to have if he hadn’t participated in the study – showed he had substantial artery blockage. He was in surgery within a week.

“Before this, I believed that medicine being a doctor,” she said. “But little did I know there is this whole other world of medicine through public health, where the study of health can impact many lives.”

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Then there is Chris Rhodes, a second-year TCOM student in the Rural Osteopathic Medical Education of Texas (ROME) program.

He says, “Providing medical care, particularly from an osteopathic perspective, is about caring for people – not just as a chart or a medical condition – but as an individual person. I get to combine my love of learning and interest of science into a practical skill that really makes a difference in people’s lives.”

Applications for the 2014 Horsman scholarship will be accepted June 1 to August 15, 2014.

The “SolUtions aren’t possible without U” campaign ends Oct. 31. Your donations may be directed to the Horsman fund, account 97655. The fund accepts direct donations year round.

Click here to learn about the Horsman Scholarship’s founding.


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