A deserving student who gives back

Article Published: 02/06/2019

EHOVE Adult Career Center is pleased to announce that Tammy VanVlerah of Sandusky has been awarded the Karen E. Holmes Memorial Nursing Scholarship.

Currently enrolled in EHOVE Adult Career Center's School of Practical Nursing, VanVlerah will graduate in June. Planning to give back to her community after becoming a nurse by working in the field, she will continue to volunteer at Sandusky's Safe Harbour Domestic Violence Shelter  and their events, such as Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, a popular community event to raise awareness of serious causes, effects and remediations to men's sexualized violence against women. The event stands out due to many community leaders and members, men and women alike, choosing to wear high heels, often bright red, for the walk.

This scholarship is given in memory of EHOVE nursing student Karen E. Holmes who was passionate about helping others through her pursuit of a nursing career.  Holmes' life was cut short by domestic violence while she was pursuing her dream. 

It is the wish of the Holmes family and EHOVE School of Practical Nursing to continue Karen’s legacy through this nursing scholarship as the future of nursing relies on individuals who are compassionate, prepared, and dedicated to the service of others.

VanVlerah says that she is honored to carry on a dream for another and feel as if she is walking a mile in her shoes on the journey. 

“Tammy is a remarkable woman, academically, professionally and personally," said Rowan Cabarrus Community College's Wendy C. Almond, BSc, ACE, CEII, who was a former college professor of VanVlerah.  "She has faced and overcome many challenges in her adult life that have made her strive for a career many individuals would not dare to endeavor. Tammy has used her adversities to pursue her goal in nursing and is passionate and focused in her intention of helping others achieve as well.” 

This scholarship is supported each year through generous donations of the family and friends of Karen Holmes and EHOVE School of Practial Nursing. If you wish to support this scholarship or know more about EHOVE School of Practical Nursing, call 419-499-4663 x280.

PHOTO:  (L-R) EHOVE Adult Career Center Director Laura Dowdell, student Tammy VanVlerah and EHOVE School of Practical Nursing Director Janet Ballard