December 9, 2002


WORCESTER, Mass. ¾ University of Massachusetts Medical School Graduate School of Nursing students Sylvia Davis, Gretchen Michaelson, Kimone Powell and Karen Uttaro were among 23 Worcester area student nurses selected to receive scholarships from the Fairlawn Foundation Inc. Awarded at Quinsigamond Community College on Dec. 4, the scholarships recognize students who not only meet specific academic criteria but who have also demonstrated a commitment to improving the health of residents in the Worcester area through employment, clinical practice, or community service, and plan to continue that commitment upon completion of their studies.


Fairlawn Scholarships may be used for tuition, books, fees and other expenses incurred while pursuing a nursing education.  In return, scholarship recipients act as outreach ambassadors to local junior and senior high schools, community health agencies and institutions, and other health care groups to identify and inform potential nursing students of the opportunities available to professional nurses.


The Fairlawn Foundation was established in 1991 with proceeds from the sale of Fairlawn Hospital.  The foundation supports innovative activities in the Worcester area that have a continuing impact on health care.


The Graduate School of Nursingwas established in 1985 at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Worcester campus. The GSN educates advanced practice nurses, including nurse practitioners, educators and clinicians, offering nursing and interdisciplinary graduate studies that reflect significant public need. A leader in health sciences education, research, and public service, the University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of the fastest growing medical schools in the country, attracting more than $134 million in research funding annually.  It is the academic partner of UMass Memorial Health Care.


University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing Fairlawn Scholars


Sylvia Davis of Worcester, MA

Sylvia Davis currently works as a registered nurse in the areas of correctional health and substance abuse in Worcester while pursuing her master’s degree as an adult nurse practitioner with a specialization in correctional health. She has consistently demonstrated a commitment to the field of nursing and to the recruitment of minorities into nursing careers.       

Gretchen Michaelson of Oxford, MA       

A trauma/ intensive care nurse at UMass Memorial Medical Center’s University Campus, Gretchen Michaelson is currently pursuing a master’s degree as an adult nurse practitioner. In response to the growing nursing and nursing faculty shortage, it is Ms. Michaelson’s desire to teach nursing in the Worcester area in addition to working as a nurse practitioner upon graduation from the program.       


Kimone Powell of Leominster, MA

A recent graduate of Atlantic Union College, Kimone Powell is now pursuing her master’s degree as an adult and geriatric nurse practitioner in addition to working on a busy telemetry unit at UMass Memorial Medical Center’s University Campus. She is dedicated to the recruitment of potential nurses into the profession and in improving the health of Worcester residents and plans to teach nursing at the undergraduate level upon graduation in 2004.


Karen Uttaro of Shrewsbury, MA

Karen Uttaro brings a wealth of critical care nursing experience with her to the Graduate School of Nursing in the advanced practice nurse educator track. Her research focuses on strategies to recruit new nurses and promote the retention of seasoned nurses as we face the impending nursing shortage. Upon graduation in 2003 she plans to become a nursing faculty member at a Worcester area college.




Sandra Gray, 508-856-2000