Victoria Wolf Shares How the IRSC Foundation Helped Her Achieve Her Dream of Becoming a Nurse

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Victoria Wolf received several nursing scholarships from the IRSC Foundation including the Adrian M. Sample and Basil L. King Foundation scholarships. She was the first in her family to go to college and has set a great example for her four children. She completed her Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from IRSC in 2014 and is currently working towards her Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). After she graduated with her ADN, she began working at Martin Health System’s Tradition Medical Center. She is extremely grateful for the scholarships that she received in order to pursue her dreams. She looks forward to continuing her education at IRSC and beyond and eventually coming back to teach nursing at IRSC.

Victoria Wolfs shares how the IRSC Foundation helped her achieve her dreams.

What does education mean to you?

I was a school teacher for many years prior to returning to college to become a Registered Nurse. I have always known that education is an essential part of success in life and career.

What are your educational goals?

I am currently enrolled in the BSN Program at IRSC and will be obtaining my Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree shortly thereafter.

How has your scholarship helped you to achieve your goals?

As a single parent of four children, three of whom are legally blind, I could never have afforded to attend classes regularly and complete my degree in a timely manner. The scholarships helped with tuition, books, uniforms, and lab fees.

How has this scholarship transformed your life?

Obtaining an ADN with the financial assistance from the Foundation has not only made it possible for me to have a better career, but it has also encouraged my children to reach for higher goals.

How has IRSC prepared you for your career?

The Nursing Program at IRSC really prepared me for working as a Registered Nurse at Tradition Medical Center. I gained so much from the clinicals, lab experiences, and teachers who were readily accessible for questions. Since I was well trained in not only the classroom, but through hands-on experiences, I was able to jump right into my job responsibilities without too much anxiety.

How have you encouraged others to continue their education?

I am constantly encouraging others, including my children, to reach for their goals in education and to never give up. I also provide tutoring for students who are working on their nursing degrees. I encourage those who have completed their ADN to continue on to obtain their BSN.

How do you feel about “giving back?”

By obtaining my MSN, I can begin to teach in the nursing department at IRSC. I can share what I have learned with future nurses and continue teaching quality nursing care. Giving back is absolutely necessary to provide future generations with a quality education and the opportunity to obtain a better career.