Local nonprofit provides annual scholarship for nursing assistants

From left, Bill Green, vice president community engagement at Forsyth Tech and executive director of the Forsyth Tech Foundation; Dave Abrams, HIPSS secretary and owner of ComForCare; Cheri Malek, HIPSS treasurer and director of community relations for Vienna Village; Cissy McCoy, president of HIPSS and administrator of Trinity Glen; Angela Cook, director donor relations at Forsyth Tech; Tandy Pierre-Louis, program coordinator, Economic and Workforce Development, Forsyth Tech; and Alan Murdock, vice president of Economic Workforce and Development.

Local nonprofit provides annual scholarship for nursing assistants
September 04
11:00 2020

Last month, the Healthcare Industry Professionals Serving Seniors of Winston-Salem (HIPSS) donated $2,000 for students interested in becoming certified nursing assistants. 

“We are grateful to the Healthcare Industry Professionals Serving Seniors for this ongoing scholarship,” said Janet Spriggs, president of Forsyth Tech. “Through this assistance, our students will have opportunities to obtain careers paying sustainable wages, especially now when healthcare workers are vital to our community.” 

To qualify, students must be a resident of Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin, Davie, Davidson, or Guilford counties and must be enrolled in the current semester. Funds will be allocated based on financial need and qualifications of the individual selected by the Forsyth Tech Scholarship Committee. The scholarship recipients must agree to work as a certified medical assistant for a minimum of one year.  

“HIPSS is so pleased to be able to help with the training for certified nursing assistants. We sincerely hope to encourage more people to enter this very important and rewarding career. It is vital to the seniors we serve to have these compassionate professionals to provide care in their golden years of life,” said HIPSS President Cissy McCoy, administrator of Trinity Glen.

Forsyth Tech offers health education programs for Certified Nursing Assistant I and II, and offers refresher courses for both of these programs. For more information on the Nursing Assistant programs, current and prospective students may contact the Health Education Department at 336.734.7794 or by email at These entry-level positions will allow you to begin a career that could lead, with further training and education, to greater levels of skill and responsibility. For more information on the scholarship, please contact Angela Cook, director of donor relations. 

Healthcare Industry Professionals Serving Seniors (HIPSS) was formed in 2007 with a focus on improving communication between agencies serving seniors, educating their staff, and improving services across the board.

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