The Gaye Ross scholarship honors a former Drumheller nurse and lifts the future for a certain Drumheller nursing student.

Yesterday, Saturday, November 3, members from the Drumheller Health Centre presented a scholarship to a student from Drumheller studying to become a nurse.

Shae Lane, 21 years old, is attending the University of Calgary and is in her fourth year and final semester of university.

"I'm really looking forward to being a registered nurse and I'm actually hoping I can come back here and work in Drumheller," explained Lane after receiving the Gaye Ross scholarship. "I worked here in the summer as an undergrad and I fell in love with it."

Lane was presented the cheque by Doug Stanger, Chairman of the Drumheller Area Health Foundation, worth $1,500.

"We just read through the essays and then we just rank them," said Stanger. "She scored very highly. It's kind of a blind thing because you know who you're looking at. But it's very difficult. They're all very deserving."

In previous years the cheque held a value of $1,000 said Linda Ames, Foundation Administrative Secretary. She explained that the cost of post-secondary education, particularly in nursing, is going up and they wanted to increase the value of the cheque because of this.

Lane was honored and full of smiles accepting the award and can't wait until she graduates.

"My experience in the summer in a rural hospital; I just totally fell in love with it," she finished. "So I'm going to definitely be a rural hospital registered nurse, all the way!"

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