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Hospital and family of late Kristin Runyon accepting applications for first memorial scholarship

February 24, 2011
  • Chambersburg Hospital and the family of the late Kristin Runyon are accepting applications for the first Kristin Runyon Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship can be used for tuition expenses.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Aspiring nurses in Franklin County, Pa., can apply for a $2,000 scholarship honoring a woman who was shot to death in 2010.

Chambersburg Hospital and the family of the late Kristin Runyon are accepting applications for the first Kristin Runyon Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship can be used for tuition expenses.

Runyon, who died Feb. 25, 2010, was a registered nurse at Chambersburg Hospital and a 2001 graduate of Chambersburg Area Senior High School.

Her husband, Christopher Jones, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 27-year-old's death and is awaiting sentencing in Franklin County Court.

Runyon received her emergency medical technician and licensed practical nursing degrees from Harrisburg Area Community College, and her registered nursing degree from Excelsior College, according to a news release.

The scholarship fund will award $2,000 each year to a student enrolled in a full-time registered nurse education program. The student must have a minimum grade-point average of 2.8 and be a resident of Franklin County or the surrounding communities.

Applications are available from Chambersburg Hospital's human resources department and online at www.SummitHealth.org under the "careers" section.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, scholarship application, official transcript, and one academic and one clinical letter of reference to the human resources department at Chambersburg Hospital, 112 N. Seventh St., Chambersburg, Pa. Applications are being accepted until June 30.

"Kristin dearly loved the nursing profession. As a nurse, Kristin enjoyed the challenge of critical thinking, the interaction with the patient. She respected the knowledge of her colleagues and the collaborative environment with physicians," her mother, Barbara Runyon, said in the news release.

In the news release, Barbara Runyon quoted Florence Nightingale as saying, "I think one's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results."

"In this spirit, we cannot dwell on the sadness of our loss, but focus on actions that bring results," Barbara Runyon said. "By the establishment of the annual scholarship fund, we can turn this tragedy into a positive action to further the nursing profession and to be of benefit to our hospital and our community."

The scholarship award committee consists of representatives from Chambersburg Hospital and the Runyon family.

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