Leesburg, VA – The Ladies Board of Inova Loudoun Hospital has awarded 40 nursing scholarships totaling $70,000 to nurses who live and/or work in Loudoun County.  Recipients are enrolled in LPN, BSN, RN, MSN and DNP programs at 19 different schools, including The Academies of Loudoun.  Awards range from $500 to $3,000.

The Susan Mills Scholarship for $3,000 is named in memory of Susan Mills who passed away in March 2020 during her term as The Ladies Board president.

Adriene Simms is the deserving recipient of the Susan Mills Scholarship.  Adriene is an Inova Loudoun nurse working to complete her master’s degree at Liberty University as a Nurse Educator.  Adriene expresses a deep commitment to her patients, her nursing colleagues, and the broader Loudoun community. She completed her scholarship application by stating, “I enjoy the challenge of meeting people where they are and watching them rise to greatness” which epitomized Susan’s life-long dedication to this community.

It’s comforting to know there is a place in this world where, without a question, I was meant to be. I think a lot of nurses feel this way.  Nursing is more than a profession — we are called to it and we were meant to do it,” said Simms.

Since the nursing scholarship program began in 1959, to provide supplemental funds to worthy nursing students, The Ladies Board has awarded nearly $1,945,000 to over 1,275 applicants.    

Scholarship applications for next year will be available at www.ladiesboard.org in January 2021.  Applicants must live and/or work in Loudoun County and be enrolled in or accepted by an accredited school of nursing.  

Scholarships are funded by The Gift Shop at Inova Loudoun Hospital, Twice Is Nice thrift shop in Leesburg, the Lights of Love remembrance program, and the Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale.