Woodward, Okla. — Recently, Gunn and her fellow medical occupation students from High Plains Technology Center traveled to Nashville, Tenn., to the Health Occupation Students of America Nationals.
There, Gunn competed in a prepared speech competition and won 2nd in a field of competitors from all 50 states, she said.
Her prepared speech lead listeners on her path to courage through the inspiration of Hailee, her daughter, she said.
"I explained how my daughter had been put in the hospital and it was she who gave me the courage to go back to school and make a better life for us by furthering my education."
Ultimately, the determined young woman plans to become a nurse midwife and return to practice in the northwestern Oklahoma region, she said.
'This is my home. I will be coming back here," she said.
Eligibility for the second tier program application process for graduating seniors is open now to those who are projected to graduate in 2014, Ward said.
The deadline for application is September 27," Ward said.
According to Ward, once a senior has been accepted into the scholarship program, he/she will be followed by the Woodward Ladies Elks through their grades and proof of enrollment on a semester by semester basis.
For displaced homemakers, the process is the same.
Each year now, a new displaced homemaker and a new high school graduate will be considered to begin the scholarship program.
"If they keep us informed of their grades and then, show proof that they are enrolled for the next semester, then they get the $500 scholarship money," Ward said.