2018 Durante/Stafford Nursing Scholarship Award Recipients Announced

Nancy Leveille

The Foundation for Quality Care and NYSHFA’s Nurse Leadership Advisory Committee are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 James D. Durante/Ruth E. Stafford Nursing Scholarship Program.

This Scholarship Fund Program was established to provide financial support to incumbent employees of NYSHFA/NYSCAL member facilities who are also nursing students pursuing careers in long term care.

Two (2) scholarships for $2,000 each will be awarded to Skilled Nursing Category I LPN and RN students; two (2) scholarships for $2,000 each will be awarded to Skilled Nursing Category II Advanced RN students; and one (1) scholarship for $2,000 will be awarded to the Assisted Living student.

The winners will be recognized on May 3, 2018 at the NYSHFA/NYSCAL Annual Nurse Leadership Conference at Turning Stone Casino, Verona, NY.

Congratulations to this year’s award recipients, who are as follows:

Skilled Nursing Category I - $2000 Durante/Stafford Scholarship Recipients
Jacqueline Fitzpatrick, The Hamptons Center for Nursing & Rehab, Southampton, NY, District 01E
Lettie Manning, Albany County Nursing Home, Albany, NY, District 05

Skilled Nursing Category II - $2000 Durante/Stafford Scholarship Recipients
Susan McDermott, Kingsway Arms Nursing Center Inc., Schenectady, NY, District 05
Ann Nelson, Wingate at Dutchess, Fishkill, NY, District 04

Assisted Living - $2000 Durante/Stafford Scholarship Recipient
Jeffrey Zeisz, ElderWood Assisted Living at Cheektowaga, Cheektowaga, NY, District 10

We received many excellent candidates this year and want to thank and acknowledge all who participated in the process. If you have questions regarding this program contact Nancy Leveille or Joanne O'Connor at the Foundation.


Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Executive Director
518-462-4800 x20

Joanne O'Connor
Communications & Business Development Coordinator
518-462-4800 ext. 23