HAMPTON, Va. (May 26, 2020) – A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Amirrah Watson has received the very competitive Health Resource Services and Administration (HRSA) Nurse Corps Scholarship. The entire scholarship award includes tuition, fees, other reasonable costs and a monthly stipend.
As part of this scholarship program, Watson must serve at an eligible health care facility and in the discipline in which she was awarded the funds. Watson will be working at Norfolk General as a cardiac intermediate care nurse. She plans to work for one year, and then enroll in a graduate program.
Watson has interned in a psychiatric office in Hampton, VA where she titles this experience as, “one of the best jobs I’ve held at this point.” During her internship, she took vital signs, scheduled appointments, and helped patients get refills to treat mental illnesses.
During her tenure at Hampton University, Watson wrote for the Hampton University Script Newspaper, and was the community service chair for the Student Nurses’ Association. “Being a part of this association, allowed me to interact with other nursing students, participate in community outreach events, explore Hampton Roads and volunteer at churches. It’s important to recognize how much churches do for our community, as far as health and wellness programs,” said Watson.
Watson experienced a few bumps in the road during her tenure at Hampton University. “It wasn’t a straight path. My experience taught me to be resilient and proactive, respectful and to treat myself and others around me with respect. The opportunity to complete my education was a great feeling. I feel very connected to alumni and HBCU alumni as a whole. My advice to students would be to identify your values and uphold them with how you act and interact with others,” Watson said.
Outside of working, Watson would also like to start a low-cost GED education program. “I think having a GED and high school diploma is fundamental. A lot of people don’t have access to that. We think it’s ubiquitous to earn a high school diploma, but some people can’t get it. I would love to help those people succeed and earn their GED,” said Watson.