Nicole Marie Nursing Memorial Scholarship
Nicole Marie Pozela
June 11, 1976 – October 9, 2011
Nicole was a labor and delivery nurse at Bergan Mercy Hospital. She was born and raised here in Omaha, NE. Nicole had three children; Mike, Brydon and Mackenzie and raised them beautifully as a single mother. One of her best qualities was her heart and how kind and giving she was; she always went out of her way for others and would do anything for the ones she loved at any cost. Not only was she truly caring and nurturing she had the prettiest brightest smile that could light up the room and brighten anyone’s day!
It was in 1997 that she decided she wanted to become a nurse when her grandfather became ill from a stroke and was hospitalized, she was intrigued by medicine and helping others. She graduated from Metro with her nursing degree in 2006 and continued her education through Phoenix University online. She started out as a CNA in a nursing home then moved over to Creighton Hospital and worked as a tech on the surgery floor. Nicole decided she wanted to become a Labor and Delivery nurse, her heart was with the babies so she applied at a few different hospitals and Bergan Mercy hired her. Nicole wrote in a college paper while working on her Bachelors Degree that she didn’t think she could have a better career, and she loved the people she worked with as much as the patients she helped. Her goal was to become a Nurse Practitioner and become certified in neonatal care. Her children were the fuel that kept her going while setting bigger goals in life and achieving them. She said that she wants to set an example for her kids and to one day make them proud. I know they are very proud of their mother, we all are.
Every year for Christmas Nicole would round up money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital from family members instead of exchanging gifts. She also participated in the March of Dimes marathons and helped raised money for them. She was always giving back anyway she could.
It was on September 10, 2011 that changed everything. Nicole was involved in a motorcycle accident with a semi that left her in an unresponsive coma for 4 weeks. Our family prayed that she would pull out of the state the injuries left her and she would be able to come home. Nicole was doing so well she was moved out of ICU and the next day her body couldn’t handle the trauma any longer. She was pronounced brain dead on October 9, 2011 when her vitals became uncontrollable. Nicole actually saved 5 lives in her passing as she was a registered organ donor. Not only all through her life but even when it came to an end was she helping others. This is why today we want to help a single mother accomplish their dream of becoming a nurse. In honor of Nicole we want to give back and help make a difference like she did every day.
Scholarship may be used for tuition, fees and books.
- Financial need is required
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
- Pursuing a Nursing degree at MCC
Scholarships are usually offered during the spring and fall quarters. Scholarship availability varies depending on donor giving.