Nursing student awarded Kristin Runyon scholarship

August 08, 2013
  • Laura Harmon, second from right, of Shippensburg, Pa., was presented the 2013 Kristin Runyon Memorial Scholarship by Barbara Runyon, second from left, the mother of the late Kristin Runyon. Joining Harmon and Runyon for the presentation were Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital nurses and selection committee members, from left, Valerie Mongan and Teresa Napier.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The family of the late Kristin Runyon and Chambersburg Hospital have chosen Laura Harmon of Shippensburg, Pa., as the third recipient of the Kristin Runyon Memorial Scholarship.

Harmon is a nursing student at St. Francis University in Loretto, Pa. She plans to graduate in May 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Harmon carries a grade-point average of 3.53 and is involved in many academic and community activities.

While majoring in nursing, Harmon is minoring in fine arts and American sign language.

“I want to be able to act as a health advocate and medical interpreter for the deaf in my future career as a nurse,” Harmon said.

She received some experience in working with the deaf during a trip with her classmates to the Dominican Republic. There, they volunteered at a deaf mission school.

“This challenging and rewarding experience, opened my eyes to the needs of the deaf community and has encouraged me to continue my pursuit of education in American sign language,” she said.


Barbara Runyon, mother of the late Kristin Runyon said: “Laura’s dedication to her education and to nursing, coupled with her desire to include fine arts and American sign language made her our top choice for this year’s scholarship.” 

The scholarship awards $3,000 each year to a student enrolled in a full-time registered nurse education program. The student must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 and be a resident of Franklin County or the surrounding communities.

Applications for the 2014 scholarship are available from Chambersburg Hospital’s human resources department and online at

Applicants should submit a cover letter, scholarship application, official transcript, one academic and one clinical letter of reference to the Human Resources Department at Chambersburg Hospital, 112 N. Seventh St., Chambersburg, PA 17201.

Applications will be being accepted until June 30, 2014.

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