Story last updated at 3/25/2009 - 10:58 am
KETCHIKAN - Aimee Marie McClory of Ketchikan is the recipient of the first fellowship to be awarded by the David E. Knox Memorial Nursing Fellowship, administered by the Alaska Community Foundation. The award is for $2,500.
McClory, a graduate of the Ketchikan High School's class of 2007, is studying nursing at the University of Miami, one of Florida's oldest and most prestigious nursing programs. She intends to return to Alaska upon graduation to begin her career as a nurse.
McClory is a former Alaska Junior Miss (2007) and was a member of the Ketchikan Theatre Ballet as both a junior and senior member; she was also a member of the Kayhi Drill Team and served as a camp counselor at Children's Holiday Camp in Ketchikan. She is the daughter of Bob and Emily McClory of Ketchikan.
David Knox was a well respected Sitka nurse who died unexpectedly in 2005. The scholarship was set up in his honor to support outstanding candidates in pursuit of nursing degrees and service to small Alaskan communities, said Iris Matthews, program officer at the Alaska Community Foundation, which administrates hundreds of charitable funds and scholarships.
"The Knox family read Ms. McClory's application and remarked about what an outstanding individual she is and how she has demonstrated her understanding of the complex nature of the field of nursing," Matthews said.
The Alaska Community Foundation was established in 1995 as a tax-exempt public charity to assist Alaskans with charitable giving. The foundation manages more than $30 million, primarily in endowment funds that create long-term benefits for charitable endeavors in the state.