Alexa Miller is 2012 Winner of the Carole E. Boccuzzi Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Alexa Miller of Stratford is the 2012 winner of Sacred Heart University’s Carole E. Boccuzzi Memorial Nursing Scholarship. The award commemorates Carole Boccuzzi’s life and recognizes her life-long commitment to the education of nurses and her work to advance the discipline of the nursing profession.
When the award was established in 2010, Carole Boccuzzi’s husband of 40 years, Edward of Fairfield, noted that there were several nurses and other medical professionals in the Boccuzzi family and helping nursing students would be a great way to perpetuate his wife’s memory.
Miller, who will be a senior in SHU’s nursing program in the fall, said she is honored to have been selected for the award. “I would like to express gratitude to Mr. Boccuzzi and his family for their generosity, as well as the teaching staff of Sacred Heart University’s Department of Nursing, because without their teachings and patience, none of this would be possible,” she said. “It is wonderful to see how nursing as a career has influenced so many lives, especially those in the local community. I am excited to continue my education, someday grow into a profession that has such an impact on others and hopefully accomplish the level of beneficence and selflessness that the nurses in my life possess.” Miller received the award at the Nursing Department’s annual capping and pinning ceremony in May.
Eligibility for the award includes a minimum grade point average of 3.6, two letters of recommendation from SHU’s Nursing faculty and submission of a personal essay on an appropriate student-selected topic. The recipient must also show respect and sensitivity to patients’ needs, respect and empathy to families of patients and demonstrate an overall persistence in advocating for patients.
For more information about The Carole E. Boccuzzi Memorial Award in Nursing, or to make a donation to support The Carole E. Boccuzzi Memorial Fund, contact Sacred Heart University’s Office of University Advancement at 203-371-7860.