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Whittney Work: Multicultural Scholar


by the Go Red For Women Editors

Determination Drives Work to Follow Dream to Help Others

For Whittney Work, a recipient of the Go Red™ Multicultural Scholarship Fund, nursing has always been a dream. At an early age, she decided she would become a neonatal nurse due to a keen understanding that nurses play a critical role in patient care and because of a love for babies.

“Knowing that I will be helping to save the lives of those in need is very important to me,” she says. “I enjoy taking on challenges.”

Challenges and responsibilities came early for Work, one of three daughters raised by a single mother.  She became a waitress at age 16 to help support her family.  A typical day meant attending high school until 10:30 a.m. and then working from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“I did what I had to do for the sake of my family,” Work says. “Although it was challenging and tiring, I managed to graduate with honors, and I am now the first child in my family to attend a university.”

Nursing school has not slowed down Work’s ambition or drive. She works part-time, takes 13 credit hours and does clinical nursing rotations—all while maintaining an overall 3.8 GPA.  Work plans to pursue a career as a neonatal nurse practitioner.

“Though I receive financial aid, I don’t receive enough funds to sustain a full year at school without taking out loans. I often find myself stressing, wondering how I’m going to pay for books, supplies and housing,” she says. “Because I come from a low-income family, my mother can’t contribute to my education they way she’d like.

“The Go Red Multicultural Scholarship means a lot to me. It will help me pay for tuition, so that I won’t have to take out another loan and fall deeper into debt.”

The Go Red Multicultural Scholarship Fund, sponsored by Macy’s, will help defray some of the costs of Work’s educational journey.