Reuben and Annette Cote Family Memorial Scholarship Awarded
Because of a local family’s generosity, caring and desire to give back, many nurses at Cary Medical Center have been supported with financial assistance to help further their nursing education over the past thirty years. Members of the Reuben and Annette Cote family originally established the Family Memorial Scholarship program in memory of Annette because of the wonderful care that she received during her hospitalization at Cary in the mid-1980’s. The scholarship has been awarded annually since the late 1980’s to a Cary Medical Center employee furthering his/her education in the nursing field, with the funds administered by the Jefferson Cary Foundation, (JCF). As other members of the immediate family have passed, including siblings Freda “Sis” Cote Classy in 1999, Paul “Bert” Cote in 2005 and Alfred “Hap” Cote in 2008, the family has added to the scholarship and made it a Family Memorial.
“Even though the extended Cote family now resides in various locations throughout the United States, they generously continue to support the scholarship fund annually here at Cary,” explained Tamra Kilcollins, JCF Executive Director. “Their commitment to the scholarship has continued each year to assist a recipient with continuing his/her nursing education. These wonderful gifts help make a difference for our nurses and patients right here at home, and we so appreciate their support.”
“It’s always a hard decision for us because all of the applicants are so deserving,” noted Darylen Cote. “Our family feels the scholarship is a wonderful way to give back, and they are all so generous with supporting and keeping our scholarship funded. We were so pleased that we could award two scholarships this year.”
Receiving the 2020 Scholarship Awards of $750 each are Vicky Cyr, RN of Van Buren, and Nicholas Jackson, CNA of Caribou. Vicky is an Emergency Department Nurse, a Nursing Supervisor and also works in Case Management at Cary. She is currently enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program through Walden University. Nicholas is a CNA/Unit Secretary on the hospital’s Acute Care Unit and is enrolled in the Nursing Program at Northern Maine Community College.
Vicky Cyr, RN, and Nicholas Jackson, CNA, (center), were each recently presented with $750 scholarship awards from Darylen Cote, (left), on behalf of the Reuben and Annette Cote Family. Vicky is currently enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program through Walden University. She is an Emergency Department Nurse, Nursing Supervisor and also works in Case Management at Cary Medical Center. Nicholas is attending Northern Maine Community College enrolled in the Nursing Program, and is a CNA/Unit Secretary on the Acute Care Unit at Cary Medical Center. The Reuben and Annette Cote Family Memorial Scholarship has been awarded annually for many years to Cary Nurses furthering their education in the nursing field. With Darylen, Vicky and Nicholas is (right), Tamra Kilcollins, Executive Director of the Jefferson Cary Foundation, administrator for the scholarship fund.