The CarolinaEast Foundation awards four nursing scholarships to area students

The CarolinaEast Foundation will be awarding four nursing scholarships to local area students, Jacqueline Madden, Ashli Phillips, Noah Gaskill and Kelli Salau at the Joseph Hageman Nursing Appreciation Dinner on May 23rd.  The dinner will be held at the Flame Catering and Banquet Centre in New Bern.

These scholarships are made possible through the Joseph Hageman Memorial Nursing Scholarship Fund.  The scholarship fund is named for Joe Hageman, a longtime nurse and employee of the CarolinaEast Health System, who passed away in 2006. These scholarships are available for students pursuing Bachelor of Science degrees in Nursing or an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing.

Jacqueline Madden resides in New Bern and is the wife of Unites States Marine, Ryan Madden.  She is the daughter of Jim and Bev Matson of Worthington, OH.  Jacqueline graduated from Thomas Worthington High School in Worthington, OH in 2009.  She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at East Carolina University.  Jacqueline graduated high school with honors and was on the Dean’s List at ECU in 2011.  From the age of three, Jacqueline knew she wanted to be a nurse.  “As long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a Nurse”, said Jacqueline.  “Although I always knew it would take a lot of work, I know I am ready to commit myself to accomplishing my lifelong goal.”  After graduating from ECU, Jacqueline hopes to become a Pediatric Nurse Practioner.

Ashli Phillips resides in New Bern and is the wife of Navy Corpsman Casey Philips.  Ashli is the daughter of Stephen and Johnna Hrovat of Glendale, AZ.  Ashli graduated from Deer Valley High School in 2009 as a National Society of High School Scholar.  She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at East Carolina University.  Ashli was on the Dean’s List at ECU in 2011.  “I first knew that I wanted to be a nurse when I saw firsthand how much of a difference nurses make in the life of others”, Ashli stated.  “I love the fact that I will have the opportunity to help people in the community both physically and mentally.”  After graduating from ECU, Ashli hopes to work in a hospital in either the Emergency Department or the Psychiatric Area of Emergency.  She would also like to go to a foreign country to give aid to those less fortunate through the Medical Bridges program.

Noah Gaskill lives in New Bern with his wife, Alison.  He is the son of Dennis and Martha Gaskill of Bayboro.  Noah graduated from Pamlico County High School in 2000 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2004.  He is currently pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing at Craven Community College. Noah was on the Dean’s List at Craven Community College in 2010 and 2011.  “I was not particularly interested in nursing until my grandmother was treated for leukemia at Duke University Medical Center,” said Noah.  “The nursing staff took great care of her and was such an inspiration.” After graduation, Noah plans to gain a few years of nursing experience in the Emergency Department or another unit of the hospital before continuing his education to become a nurse practitioner.

Kelli Salau resides in Havelock and is the daughter of Ed Salau of Stella and Terri Kaufman of Havelock.  Kelli graduated from Gramercy Christian School in Newport in 2009.  She is currently pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing at Craven Community College. She received the Craven Community College’s Outstanding Service Award in 2009 and the Community Service Award in 2009 and 2010.  When asked why she wanted to be a nurse, Kelli answered “In 2004, my father was severely injured in Iraq.  My family spent many weeks at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital. What struck me most about the nurses there was their genuine care and compassion for each patient and how they made my family feel less alone during my Dad’s long rehabilitation.”  After graduation, Kelli plans to advance her education to receive a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Nursing.

Tickets for the May 23rd nursing appreciation dinner at the Flame are available by contacting the CarolinaEast Foundation office at 252-633-8247 or they can be purchased online at

Submitted by: Amy Willis, Office Administration, CarolinaEast Foundation