Teodora Ruseva, the wife of an Army Reservist, received a $3,000 Altria Group/Senator Ted Stevens Memorial scholarship to pursue a Nursing degree at Thomas Nelson Community College in Virginia.
After earning an Associate’s degree in Nursing, Teodora plans to transfer to a four-year university and earn a BSN. She adds, “Later, I plan to pursue a higher degree of education, becoming a Nurse Practitioner or a Physician Assistant. I'd love to specialize in anesthesia, endocrinology, or OBGYN.”
Teodora maintains a perfect GPA, volunteers at the Ferguson Center of Arts, and enjoys singing in TNCC recitals. She proudly reports that her newest accomplishment is being a doting mother to her baby boy.
“Thank you so much for making the ThanksUSA scholarships possible! Your generosity grants needed opportunities for education and personal development to people like me. You give us much more than a scholarship - you make our career goals achievable. I am honored to receive this scholarship and I assure you that it is prudently spent on my nursing degree.
I recently became a first-time parent and this scholarship became even more valuable for me. Not only does the scholarship provide for my higher education, it also allows me to pursue my career goals and eventually provide for my family. My son will have a working mother as a role model - Thank you!”