SUGAR LAND - University of Houston-Victoria student Dana N. Daniels recently was awarded a pair of $2,000 scholarships to help her complete her Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

The scholarships were from the Healthcare and Nursing Education Foundation in Houston.

"I am extremely grateful to have been chosen to receive this award," Daniels said. "I hope more students from UHV School of Nursing will apply for this scholarship in the future and receive the same opportunity."

The Healthcare and Nursing Education Foundation awarded academic scholarships to 25 Houston-area students dedicated to pursuing a career in nursing.

A Houston native, Daniels is taking classes at UH Sugar Land, where UHV offers many programs.

The foundation gives scholarships based on several factors, including academics, leadership ability, community involvement, financial need and commitment to a nursing career in the Houston area.

Daniels plans to become a nurse anesthetist.

Daniels learned about the scholarship on the UHV School of Nursing's website. She applied and was invited to interview with the foundation's staff.

The foundation awarded Daniels a $2,000 scholarship for the summer semester and another $2,000 scholarship for the fall.

The awards were given at the 2013 Scholarship Awards luncheon earlier this month in Houston.

Kathryn Tart, founding dean of the UHV School of Nursing, attended along with Daniels, her mother and one of UHV's past recipients, Shermal Maddox.

"Dana exemplifies the mission of the Second Degree BSN program. We are delighted she received this honor," Tart said.

Daniels has a biology degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans.

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