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Scholarship established to honor healthcare advocate

    FLORENCE, S.C. – An endowed scholarship has been established at Francis Marion University by Makram A. Bishara and his sons Tarek M. Bishara and Steve M. Bishara in memory of wife and mother Nabila F. Bishara for her dedication to the field of healthcare, particularly nursing.

    The Nabila F. Bishara Memorial Nursing Scholarship will be awarded to a student admitted into the FMU nursing program, who is also a native of Mullins. If there is no such candidate applying from Mullins, the scholarship will be given to a student from Marion. If the second geographic preference is not possible, then the student must be a resident of the Pee Dee region. The student must also maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and is eligible for repeat awards, provided all qualifications are met.

    Nabila F. Bishara received an undergraduate degree in biology in Egypt and furthered her studies through graduate work at Mercy Hospital in Charlotte, becoming a medical technician. Her more than 20-year tenure in the medical lab at Marion and Mullins hospitals, now the Marion County Medical Center, is where she has had the greatest impact, said husband Makram A. Bishara.

    “She was devoted to science and medical technology,” said Makram Bishara. “She enjoyed her job and did a lot to care for the people who came through the labs at the Mullins and Marion hospitals.”

    During Nabila F. Bishara’s illness she became immensely aware of the debt nurses incurred in their efforts to earn degrees. She would often mention to her family her desire to assist nurses in paying for their education. For this reason, Makram Bishara and his sons decided to establish the nursing scholarship in her honor.

    “This is yet another example of a family with a strong commitment to both the Pee Dee and Francis Marion University,” said Jay Dowd, FMU’s vice president for development and executive director of the FMU Foundation. “This further highlights the importance of well-trained nursing and healthcare professionals in our region.”

#82 / 12-12-06
Last Published: December 12, 2006 4:03 PM
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