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Three Jefferson Health Department of Nursing employees in New Jersey received annual Nursing Scholarships through the Magnet®-designated healthcare organization. The three — all employed at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital — were chosen by the Nursing Selection Committee based on their academic achievements and support of Jefferson’s mission, vision, and values.

Each year, Jefferson offers various nursing scholarships: an Entry-Level Non-RN Scholarship, open to all clinical and non-clinical employees aspiring for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree; the Gartzman Fund RN-to-BSN Scholarship; and the Leadership Scholarship, open to current BSN- and MSN-level nurses aspiring to earn a Master’s (MSN) or Doctorate in Nursing (DNP) degree.


2023 Scholarship Recipients:

  • Entry-Level Non-RN ScholarshipDarlene James of Philadelphia (shown left); Patient Care Technician in the Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital ICU, who is studying for her nursing degree through Villanova University.
  • Gartzman Fund RN-to-BSN Scholarship : Kevin Reed, RN, of Palmyra, NJ (Center); C-4 Unit Clinical Nurse at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, who is obtaining his BSN through Thomas Edison State University.
  • Leadership Scholarship Shelby Van de Zilver, MSN, RN, CEN, of Sewell, NJ (shown right); Emergency Department Nurse Manager at Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital, who is obtaining her DNP through Jefferson College of Nursing.


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Shown left to right: Darlene James, PCT; Kevin Reed, RN; and Shelby Van de Zilver, MSN, RN, CEN


Jefferson employees, the Gartzman family, and other generous donors support these Nursing Scholarships. The Gartzman Fund Scholarship is in memory of young, then-Kennedy Health physician Alan Gartzman, who was killed in 1985 while driving home from visiting a long-term care patient.


“Jefferson is committed to promoting lifelong learning and professional development,” said Jefferson Health – East Region Chief Nursing Officer Helene Burns, DNP, RN, NEA-BC. “We are thrilled to offer these scholarships and are very grateful for our donors’ generosity, which makes these scholarships possible.”


To contribute to the Nursing Scholarship Fund, please call the Jefferson Health Foundation - New Jersey at 856-922-1505 or email [email protected].