Natchitoches Community Care Center contributed to a scholarship to benefit nursing students pursuing clinical studies. The Natchitoches Community Care Center Endowed Scholarship in Nursing is a $500 one-year award, with preference for a Natchitoches resident. The center, formerly known as Heritage Manor, established the scholarship in 2006.

Natchitoches Community Care Center contributed to a scholarship to benefit nursing students pursuing clinical studies. The Natchitoches Community Care Center Endowed Scholarship in Nursing is a $500 one-year award, with preference for a Natchitoches resident. The center, formerly known as Heritage Manor, established the scholarship in 2006.
The ideal scholarship recipient is “someone who will use their nursing skills in long-term care. We hope the scholarship will prepare a great nurse who inspires others to become nurses,” said Maria Mapa, administrator.
Mapa said long-term care nursing fosters a close relationship between residents and caregivers.
“Long-term care is a different type of work,” Mapa said. “You get the know the residents and they know you. You become attached to them and you get to know their children and grandchildren and are more familiar with their medical problems. You can’t help but get close to them.”
Natchitoches Community Care Center is a non-traditional facility with community kitchens and living areas based on a household model. Mapa said the focus of her staff is to “maintain the quality of life for the residents.”
“With a projected shortage of nurses that is expected to intensify as baby boomers age, we are grateful to Natchitoches Community Care Center for their continued support of students who feel called to careers in health care,” said Brad Laird, director of University Advancement.
For more information or to apply for a scholarship, visit northwesternalumni.com, click on the Foundation link and go to the Apply Now link under Scholarships, or contact Laird at (318) 357-4414.