Ella Jaarsma Receives 2019 Eileen Austin Neal Scholarship
The 14th annual Eileen Austin Neal RN Nursing Scholarship of $1,000 was awarded to Ella Jaarsma of Cornish, New Hampshire to attend the University of New Hampshire. Ella, who attended Windsor High School, said that “I am excited to start my journey on the path to a career in nursing. Working with skilled heath care professionals will be an important part of my education. I am honored to receive this scholarship in the memory of Eileen Austin Neal, an experienced nurse who must have touched the lives of many people.”
Eileen Austin Neal was a registered nurse at Springfield Hospital for 64 years, retiring in 2005. She was the first recipient of the Hospital’s George F. Leland Community Health Award in 2003. In 2004, the Hospital established the Eileen Austin Neal Spirit of Nursing Award, given to a staff nurse, in recognition of her many years of dedicated service.
Upon her death in February 2006, at the request of Eileen’s family, Springfield Hospital established the nursing scholarship fund in her name with gifts received in her memory.
“Springfield Hospital is a better place for Eileen having worked here,” says Tonia Fleming, Development Officer. “This scholarship continues her positive influence on both nursing and our community.”