The first annual P.E.O. Marg Mead Memorial Scholarship for Nursing was recently awarded to Lely High School senior and Marco Island resident, Tatiana DaCruz.
P.E.O. is a Philanthropic Educational Organization where the educational advancement of women is celebrated by assisting deserving women reach their goals through loans, grants or scholarships. The organization also owns Cottey College, which is located in Nevada, Missouri. It aims to motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations, overcome obstacles and gain confidence through loving support and encouragement. It is headquartered in DesMoines, Iowa and has chapters in all 50 states and throughout Canada, as well as groups throughout the world. There are over 200 chapters in Florida.
Chapter GT, Marco Island, has established a memorial scholarship honoring Marg (Margaret) Mead, dedicated to a local girl entering the field of nursing. Her husband, Wayne, initiated this through a loving annual donation. Marg graduated from St. Luke’s School of Nursing in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and worked at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City, St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids, and the Army Hospital at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina.
Tatiana DaCruz, who will graduate Lely High School next month, is the recipient of this year’s nursing scholarship. She has been promoting “Positive Self-Image in Young Girls” through her involvement in the Miss America Organization. As an accomplished dancer and teacher, she has won many talent awards including Latin, Ballroom and the Pro/Am American Rhythm Open Championships.
Tatiana wrote: “As a dance teacher, I enjoy watching the process of children achieving their goals. Children are my passion, I adore listening to their thought processes and hearing what they have to say. Combining my love for kids and the desire to be in the medical field would construct my ideal career.”
Tatiana speaks three languages: French, Spanish and English and was awarded the 2014-15 Academic Award for GPA. She has also taken college courses during her senior year of high school. Tatiana will begin her college education at the University of Central Florida (UCF) in Orlando this June. She will continue in the fall at UCF with the goal of attaining her degree in three years. She says that she is “extremely excited to further my education and unfold what the future has in store for me.” The P.E.O. Chapter of Marco Island is also extremely excited for Tatiana and looks forward to following her success in education and the medical field as she provides help for others.