Alexandria Kirian applied for the 2016 Coastal Women’s Forum (CWF)
Scholarship because she was caught between the proverbial rock and hard
place. “I come from a middle class family,” said the New Bern High
School Senior. “Because of this, I don’t qualify for financial aid or
most scholarships.” But college is an enormous expense, and Alexandria
wants to focus on her studies, and not how she is going to pay for her
education. As the winner of this year’s CWF $2,000 Scholarship, some of
that worry has been lifted off her young shoulders.
After graduating in the top 10 percent of her class and with four
completed college credits, Alexandria will be enrolled in the Craven
Community College (CCC) RIBN program. This will automatically guarantee
her a place in a program that will ultimately earn Alexandria a
bachelor’s degree in nursing. She will attend CCC for three years, and
will complete her fourth year online through East Carolina University.
Alexandria hopes to find employment at Carolina East Medical Center when
Alexandria set her heart on nursing when her great grandmother was in
an Alzheimer’s unit in a nursing home. “I saw how the nurses cared for
the patients, and decided that this was what I wanted to do,” she
In preparation for her future in nursing, Alexandria job shadowed the
school nurse at Trent Park Elementary School, and wrote her senior
paper on the shortage of nurses.
Although nursing is Alexandria’s passion, she is also a well-rounded
young woman. Her volunteer experiences include working the concession
stand for the local Babe Ruth baseball league. As a member, Alexandria
also volunteered for several National Honor Society events, such as the
Jingle Bell run with Bangert Elementary School. She has been working
between nine and thirteen hours a week at Rollerland since July, 2014.
Alexandria is also talented in other areas, playing the flute in the
concert band and taking dance lessons. All this, along with her
determination to succeed, commitment to education and compassion for
others made Alexandria this year’s choice for the CWF Scholarship.
Each November, scholarship applications are sent to area high
schools. The deadline is in mid-March, when the selection process
begins. The CWF Scholarship Committee works through an established
process designed to select each year’s recipient.
The basic requirements are to have maintained a minimum 3.2 GPA, to
reside in Craven County, to graduate from high school at the end of the
academic year and to turn in a completed form along with three essays.
The Committee uses a rating form to score each candidate in five
categories: essays, school and community involvement, work experience,
letters of recommendation and transcripts.
This year, there were 17 applicants, and the top three were
interviewed. Then the Committee set about making the always-difficult
decision as to which girl would receive the 2016 Scholarship.
“Alexandria was poised and passionate about her commitment to serving
others through nursing,” said Scholarship Committee Member and CWF Vice
President, Jane Maulucci, “and her strong desire to stay within the New
Bern community was impressive.”
“It’s important for me to take an active part in my community,” said
Alexandria.” And through her involvement with CWF, she also sees the
importance of networking. Perhaps we have a future CWF member in the
Special thanks to CWF Publicity Manger: Penny Zibula for this article.