The Arvest Foundation provided the entire graduating class of nursing students at North Arkansas College with a much-welcomed commencement gift. Through a donation of $14,000 to the Northark Foundation, the Arvest Foundation will help fund exam fees for all 160 graduating nursing students to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to earn their license to practice. Examination fees for licensure and certification can cost students in excess of $200.

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“These graduates are entering the health care industry during an unprecedented time of challenges and needs, so we want to thank them in advance for the very important work they will be doing the moment they begin their careers,” said Scott Tennyson, community bank president of Arvest Bank in Harrison. “Many of these young health care professionals grew up in North Central Arkansas and we hope the long-standing spirit of a community that invests in its people will entice them to practice locally.”

North Arkansas Regional Medical Center is excited to see this opportunity for the nurses in our community” said Robby Scucchi, director of branding, volunteers, and guest experience.  “NARMC is proud to employ the exceptional students that are graduates of North Arkansas College nursing programs. The year 2020 has been dedicated as the year of the nurse by the World Health Organization, and it is with great pride and honor we say thank you to each of you for choosing to serve our community through healthcare.  Congratulations to these amazing graduate nurses; and thank you to Arvest for supporting the profession of nursing in our community!”

“These graduates have worked diligently to be equipped to treat and care for the patients they will serve,” said Dr. Rodney Arnold, executive director of the Northark Foundation. “The Arvest Foundation is a revered supporter of health care in North Central Arkansas and, on behalf of the entire graduating class and the foundation, we thank the foundation for its continued commitment and generosity.”