Sandra Cooper Nursing Scholarship




Sandra Cooper graduated from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, formerly known as Jackson County Junior College, in 1971. She became a registered nurse and then completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1985, with a 3.8 grade point average. As a single mom working full-time at night and attending classes during the day, Sandra found that reaching this goal was a challenging feat. However, it became one of her greatest accomplishments. In the early 1980's, Sandra became the legal guardian for her niece, Tammie Cooper. She made sure that Tammie had a safe place to live and encouraged her to be versatile in many areas, such as calligraphy, art, and music. She also inspired Tammie to further her education and find ways to impact the world. After serving in the post-operation, dialysis, infection control, outpatient surgery and employee health departments for the Singing River Hospital System, Sandra retired early after nearly 20 years of service. She went on to change careers and teach health sciences at her former high school's Career and Technical Education Center. Because she has excelled at everything she has attempted, there was no surprise when she became Teacher of the Year for Moss Point High School's CTE Program under two different administrations. Sandra also volunteered faithfully as the leader of the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) at her church, Saint Peter Apostolic Catholic Church, of which she has been a devout member since she was a child.



Applicants must be a resident of the state of Mississippi


Applicants must be enrolled in a junior college or university in the state of Mississippi


Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited LVN/LPN, RN degree (ADN or BSN), diploma, or RN-to-BSN program



Scholarship Inclusion:

The recipient of this scholarship will receive a $1,000 scholarship paid directly to the junior college or university of his/her choice.


Application Requirements:

Applicants will be required to submit a 2-4 minute video presentation answering the following question.


What does it mean to be a great nurse?


Please include the following in your response:

  • Introduction. Tell us your name, where you are from and your current college or university.
  • Response. What does it mean to be a great nurse?
  • Personal. Why did you pursue a degree in nursing?
  • Lessons. What are some things you have learned about yourself while pursuing your degree?
  • Benefits. How do you plan to make an impact as a nurse within your community?
  • Closing. Why is it important to care for others?


Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA; must submit school transcript when applicable


Some Advice:

  • Try to restate the questions in your response.
  • Remember posture is important.
  • Record your video with appropriate lighting using a neutral background.
  • Pick a quiet area.
  • Dress appropriately.
  • Your final submission should be free of grammatical errors.



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