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New scholarship honors first African American nurse employed at Cleveland Clinic Akron General

Posted at 12:02 PM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-23 13:57:43-05

AKRON, Ohio — Cleveland Clinic Akron General and the National Black Nurses Association are honoring the hospital’s first African American nurse with a new $2,000 scholarship for students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Muriel L. Walker was the first African American registered nurse employed at People’s Hospital, which later became Akron General, from 1948 to 1992. She served in many capacities, including on the board of the Edwin Shaw Memorial Hospital and Rehabilitation Center and on the board of the Internal Brotherhood Home for Alcoholism Treatment. She died in 2017.

Any Akron General employee who identifies as a member of an underrepresented minority population and who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing at an accredited nursing school is eligible for the scholarship.

The deadline to apply is July 15. Applications are available on the Akron General Intranet page. People without access to that page can email to request an application.