by Sam Sentelle
Posted on August 28, 2018
Rotarians meet new scholarship winner
Maria Plaza Gomez
August 28, 2018
One of Putnam Rotary’s scholarship winners for this year has already started classes at Marshall University, and the Hurricane High graduate expects to complete a nursing program at the school in three years.
But Maria Plaza Gomez got a late start. She had to learn English when she came to the United States in the third grade.
She insisted on classes in high school that would give her college credit and graduated with top grades and a total of 18 credits toward a bachelor’s degree.
She has already been accepted into the nursing program among a select group of 50 applicants. The class has space for only 80 spots for the 120 who have applied.
Gomez has served on two mission trips south of the border, and served as a translator between medical personnel and the Spanish-speaking patients.
“I like to help people,” she said. “That’s why I wanted to go into nursing.”