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Nursing scholarship recipient shares grandfather’s passion for serving others

July 26, 2020

Jennifer Boyd receives 2020 Esther G. Little Nursing Scholarship

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Jennifer Boyd stands outside WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital.

Jennifer Boyd stands outside WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital.

Jennifer Boyd fondly remembers her grandfather's deep appreciation of WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital from his many years of serving on the hospital's board of directors.

"My grandfather, Guy Baker, always made it known how proud he was to be a part of Gettysburg Hospital and what the hospital means to the community," said Boyd.

Baker, who died in 2010, served on the hospital's board for 35 years. He was well-respected for his dedicated support of the hospital and many other civic organizations in the Emmitsburg, Maryland community.

Today, as a nursing assistant on WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital's B-1 patient care unit, Boyd has gained her own appreciation of the hospital and the care that is provided to patients every day.

"The care environment is something I'm extremely honored to be a part of and I speak with pride when I tell people that I am part of the WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital team," Boyd said.

Boyd's recognized passion for providing excellent patient care along with her current pursuit of becoming a registered nurse have helped her earn the 2020 Esther G. Little Nursing Scholarship from the Gettysburg Hospital Foundation.

Boyd, who has worked at WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital for the past five years, began her pursuit of becoming a registered nurse in 2019 at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences in Lancaster. She is on track to graduate as a nurse this December and then hopes to pursue a bachelor's degree in nursing.

Like her grandfather, Boyd enjoys serving the community beyond caring for patients at the hospital. She currently volunteers in various ways with the Vigilant Hose Company in Emmitsburg.

"I like to help the community whether it's working as a nursing assistant or volunteering my time," she said. "My true passion is to make a difference and help those in need."

The Esther G. Little Nursing Scholarship was established in 2007 by local philanthropist Esther Little. The scholarship supports those pursuing an education in nursing with the intent to serve the local community.

"Esther's ongoing commitment to ensure that quality care and skilled nursing is available to the community is an example of how one person's philanthropic support can truly make an impact," said Kristin Vought, director of development, Gettysburg Hospital Foundation.

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