Jessica Wiggins Awarded Home Care Nursing Scholarship

CONCORD, N.H., The Home Care Association of New Hampshire today announced Jessica Wiggins as the recipient of the 2014 Maryellen LaRoche Nursing Scholarship. Each year the Home Care Association presents a scholarship to recognize an exemplary nursing student who is employed at a member home care agency, in memory of Maryellen LaRoche. Maryellen was the executive director of Carroll County Health and Home Care until her death in 2009. She was a mentor to paraprofessionals and nursing staff, and also a true believer that nurses must constantly advocate for home care and for their patients.

“The need for highly educated nurses is growing. We are delighted to be able to support New Hampshire nursing students who will bring diverse and valuable perspectives to the field,” said Home Care Association of NH Executive Director Gina Balkus. “Working in home care, while attending school allows these students to prepare for their careers, and to meet the challenges that lie ahead.”

Applicants for the Maryellen LaRoche Nursing Scholarship must be employed by a member agency, be enrolled in an educational program for at least a year, have a GPA of at least 3.0 and be recommended by a supervisor. This year’s recipient of a $2,000 scholarship is Jessica Wiggin of Interim Healthcare. She is in the RN to BSN program at St. Anselm’s college.

Formed in 1974, the Home Care Association of New Hampshire membership includes both not-for-profit and proprietary agencies located in New Hampshire and neighboring states that are licensed to provide home health services in New Hampshire. Member agencies provide services for thousands of New Hampshire residents of all ages who are recovering from surgery, injury or illness, have chronic or terminal illnesses, or other conditions needing support at home.