Nursing Major Finalist for Board of Trustees Scholarship

Published: March 29, 2023 | Author: Clare-Estelle Perkins | Read Time: 3 minutes

Madelyn Gamble, Board of Trustees Scholarship finalistMadelyn Gamble has been named the 2023 finalist for the Southern Utah University Board of Trustees Scholarship for the College of Health Sciences. She is majoring in nursing and minoring in early childhood development and plans to work as a nurse in oncology, pediatrics, or emergency units. After graduation, she hopes to further her education and become a nurse practitioner.

This is one of the most prestigious scholarships offered by the University and is awarded by the Board of Trustees to one outstanding SUU student at the end of their junior year. The seven finalists, representing each of the colleges on campus, are nominated by their faculty and dean and recognized for their academic excellence, distinguished service and campus involvement.

"Madelyn is the rare student that a professor has the privilege of encountering once every decade,” said Dr. Guizella Rocabado, assistant professor of chemistry at SUU. “She is invested in her studies, she has high standards of excellence, she is responsible, hard-working, and engaged. Yet, she is also kind, helpful, compassionate, and has the rare ability to have a great study-life balance because she has cracked the code of knowing how to study effectively along with leaving valuable time for important relationships with friends and family. Madelyn has been my top student for lecture and lab, as well as a fantastic teaching assistant and research student. She's done it all to the same excellent level. She certainly is the kind of student that deserves this prestigious award."

Madelyn Mae Gamble is from Centerville Utah; she danced her whole life and was on the drill team in high school. She loved using and learning about the human body through dance and that inspired her to learn more about the sciences and go into nursing. Gamble has always been passionate about school and furthering her education. She loves learning all sorts of new things, naming “Lifelong learning” as one of her biggest passions. Her older brother attended the pre-dental program at SUU and loved it. After hearing this and knowing the quality of the nursing program, SUU stood out to her as a top choice. SUU was also the perfect fit for her love of the outdoors.

Gamble had an idea of what direction she wanted to take her schooling for her career goals but loved every class as she completed her prerequisite courses. Dr. Rocabado was very energetic and prepared to teach her organic chemistry class making a homey experience as well as making her students comfortable in her office. Gamble would like to recognize the way Dr. Rocabado got to know her personally and would always ask how she was doing as her mentorship and teaching made a great impact.

Gamble is proud that she was able to apply all the things she learned when she went to clinical training in St. George this last semester. This experience made her recognize how much she has learned and grown. She was the assistant director on the student planning board, helping plan campus events. She also participated in the student nurses association: as the secretary last year and as the vice president this year.

To Gamble, being nominated for this scholarship shows that all her hard work is paying off.

“You work towards something your whole life and you don’t really think it’s real or feel recognized for it so it is really rewarding to know that my work really is paying off”

Learn more about the seven finalists for the 2023 SUU Board of Trustees Scholarship.

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