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Westfield State University announces Baystate Health Scholarship Award for Nursing and its first recipient

Westfield – The Westfield State Foundation at Westfield State University has established the Baystate Health Scholarship for Nursing. The scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Baystate Health, a partner with the University’s Nursing Department. Sarina Gallant, a graduating senior from East Longmeadow, was selected as the first recipient of the award. Both announcements were made at Westfield State’s annual Nursing Pinning ceremony on May 15. Gallant also served as the nursing class speaker at the ceremony.

“Westfield State is pleased to partner with Baystate Health to advance the education, training, and employment of our nursing students and alumni. The establishment of this award to support our students is most appreciated,” said Marcia Scanlon, DNP, associate professor and chair of the Westfield State department of Nursing and Allied Health.

“We are proud to offer this scholarship to a deserving nursing student and build on the important partnership we have with Westfield State University and their Foundation. We see the Baystate Health Scholarship for Nursing as a chance to help deserving students pursue their dreams and a long-term commitment to the health and welfare of our friends and neighbors in the community,” said Ronald Bryant, president of Baystate Noble Hospital and Baystate Franklin Medical Center. “Congratulations to Ms. Gallant on being our inaugural recipient.”

The recipient of the scholarship was selected from applicants affiliated with Baystate Health who demonstrate strength of academic record and nursing philosophy consistent with Baystate’s mission and values. The award was presented at the ceremony by Julie Racicot, BSN, RN, CCRN nurse coordinator of Baystate Noble Hospital’s department of Clinical Nursing & Education.

“Westfield State University is proud to graduate another class of graduates with a Bachelor of Science in nursing to address the need for quality health care providers in the area,” said Ramon S. Torrecilha, Ph.D., president of Westfield State University. “The newly established scholarship ensures even greater support for our talented and skilled graduates.”

About Westfield State University
Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society. For more information visit,, or

About Baystate Health
Baystate Health is a not-for-profit integrated healthcare system serving over 800,000 people throughout western Massachusetts. Nationally recognized as a leader in healthcare quality and safety, Baystate Health has more than 12,000 employees and serves a diverse population of patients at its teaching hospital, Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, as well as at Baystate Children’s Hospital, its three community hospitals, several urban health centers, home care and hospice services, and a network of over 80 medical practices. A leader in medical education for more than a century, Baystate Health recently established a new regional campus of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the first medical school campus in western Massachusetts. For more information visit


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