Nursing student receives PTK National Scholarship

The national Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society and the American Association of Community Colleges organization recently announced the recipients of the 2013 Frank Lanza Memorial Scholarship.  The Frank Lanza Memorial Scholarship program honors the founder of the L-3 Communications, a global aerospace and defense company that employs 66,000 people. 

This nation-wide scholarship recognizes second year nursing students enrolled at community colleges and is limited to 20 scholarships.  Each of the twenty recipients receives $2,500 towards the completion of their degree.

Oregon Coast Community College (OCCC) nursing student Andrea Sustaita was Oregon’s lone recipient of this prestigious scholarship. Following the completion of her nursing classes at OCCC in the spring, Sustaita along with fellow nursing students will take the NCLEX-RX exam and upon passing this national proficiency exam, students are recognized as Registered Nurses.

PTK student club sponsors Laura Hamilton and Kimberly Jones expressed that Sustaita is a warm, caring individual who has a considerable positive impact on the campus.  During her studies, Sustaita also participated in several community projects including Project Homeless Connect and teaching Angell Job Corp (AJC) students.  At AJC this past spring Sustiata teamed with fellow nursing students Patrick Osborn and Meira Cole to teach about Sexually Transmitted Diseases.  She has also worked with homeless individuals and other needy populations in the Portland Metropolitan area.

Director of Nursing and Allied Health, Linda Mollino further characterized Sustiata as a “compassionate individual who excels in all aspects of the learning process from the classroom to clinical or practical, skill-based learning. Her ability to quickly establish a trust relationship with patients is admirable.”  

Sustaita, who grew up in Portland, has served her local community in a variety of capacities including as a family mediator, residential advocate for homeless adolescents and a “Batterer Intervention Provider”.  She plans on continuing to serve needy populations and to promote social and medical justice.

 “The scholarship enhances my ability to focus on studying, opens up time to volunteer in the community and spend additional time with my family who have been very supportive throughout my studies,” expressed Sustaita.  Regarding Oregon Coast Community College, she has found that OCCC has been the least daunting of all colleges that she has attended and that many incredibly supportive instructors are on staff.

Students can begin taking classes during the fall, winter or spring terms at Oregon Coast Community College.  Contact the college at (541) 265-2283 to explore the opportunities and benefits to a college education as well as to develop a plan to reach your objectives.