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Nilcea Crooker, CNA at Masconomet Healthcare Center, is awarded a 2013 Scholarship from the Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation!

Nilcea "Nilly" Crooker, who works as a Baylor CNA 11-7, was awarded a $2,000.00 scholarship from the Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation to support her career advancement in long term care. Here is her story.

Nilly discovered a passion for nursing during her grandmother’s struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  After she died, Nilly became a certified nursing assistant (CNA) and volunteered in nursing homes in her native Brazil.  Caring for elders without families was a way of coping with her grief, yet she says “it was a long journey to turn my passion into my profession.”

After she emigrated to the United States in 2008, Nilly decided to pursue nursing as a career, and eagerly studied nursing textbooks as a way of building her English language skills while learning about her new vocation.  She earned her CNA license in 2010, began taking prerequisite classes for nursing school in 2011, and is now currently enrolled in a Licensed Practical Nursing program at Bunker Hill Community College.  Though she is at times exhausted by working and studying in her new language, Nilly loves her work as a CNA on the Alzheimer’s and Dementia care unit at Masconomet, and is already planning to apply for the LPN to BSN program at Salem State University and to specialize in gerontology and wound care.

Nilcea and Kim Grasso, Administrator at Masconomet, were notified of the scholarship on June 11, 2013 via a letter that was sent to them both. Nilcea had to apply for and be chosen as an outstanding candidate. She was one of 51 long term care workers selected to receive the scholarship out of a group of 400 applicants.

We’re very proud of you, Nilly!

The Foundation scholarship program is one of several Mass Senior Care programs that promote and support lifelong educational and professional development.  Mass Senior Care thanks all of the generous Foundation donors for their support of the Scholarship Program and all of the Foundation quality initiatives. Read here for more information about the Scholarship Program

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