CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) - Corning Incorporated and Corning Community College announced the first Mary Eliza Mahoney Nursing Education Scholarships on Monday, September 18th. Named after the first Black person in the U.S. to earn a professional nursing license, the two-year scholarship will be awarded to multiple students at an award ceremony at 4 p.m. at CCC’s Health Education Center on Monday, September 25th.

The Mary Eliza Mahoney Nursing Education Scholarship was designed by The Office of Racial Equity and Social Unity to help students from underrepresented backgrounds in health sciences. It is also a part of ORESU’s healthcare initiative and was created to help address the local nursing shortage.

The scholarship will be awarded to three students who are currently enrolled in the College’s Nursing A.A.S program. Upon receiving the award and completing the program, students must commit to working in Chemung or Steuben counties. For full-time employment, a two-year commitment is required, and for part-time, a four-year commitment is required.

This is ORESU’s second sponsored scholarship following behind the Corning-MSK Health Equity Research Grant.