July 15, 2005
Contact: Gordon Ovenshine 724-738-4854; firstname.lastname@example.org
SRU, CLARION AND EDINBORO UNIVERSITIES FORM
MINORITY NURSING SCHOLARSHIP
IN HONOR OF PITTSBURGH NURSING
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa.
–Many students who graduated from Pittsburgh Public
Schools might not recognize Hattie Turk’s name, but they owe
a lot to the leadership she exerted when she led the school
district’s health services. And now her inspired leadership,
in multiple settings, is being acknowledged by the naming of
a scholarship in her name.
The Hattie Turk
Scholarship for Advanced Practice Nursing Students is the
brainchild of members of the minority mentoring committee of the
Clarion, Edinboro and Slippery Rock Universities Master of Science
in Nursing Program.
The committee consists of six
African-American family nurse practitioners who graduated from the
program and share an interest in enabling other African-American
nurses to continue their educations at the master’s degree
level and a desire to recognize Turk.
recently launched a $100,000 fund-raising campaign to support the
scholarship, which the SRU Foundation, Inc., will manage. Once
funded, the Hattie Turk Scholarship will provide up to $10,000 a
year to students who are enrolled in the program. Concerned about
the lack of adequate numbers of minorities in advanced practice
nursing roles, the committee has determined that priority will be
given to African-American nursing students.
Retired from the
Pittsburgh Public School District since 1997, Turk, of Pittsburgh,
was one of the first black women to graduate from the University of
Pittsburgh’s School of Nursing in 1956, an era with few black
graduates. She went on to obtain a master’s degree in
education from Duquesne University, a master’s in public
management from Carnegie Mellon University and a certificate as a
nurse practitioner from the University of Pittsburgh.
“Nursing is a good profession offering
opportunities to make a difference in the lives of the members of
our communities while earning a good living in a career where every
day offers a challenge,” she said.
Turk’s wide influence
Turk spent 16 years as director of health
services at the Community College of Allegheny County where she
provided primary care to students. She then moved to the Pittsburgh
Public School District, where she encouraged students to pursue
committee started talking about pioneers in nursing who had worked
to create upward mobility for nurses of color, committee members
immediately thought of Mrs. Turk,” said SRU Dr. Joyce
Penrose, professor of nursing and member of the joint nursing
As part of the campaign for the Hattie Turk
Scholarship, the members of the minority mentoring committee, nurse
practitioners Victoria Bryant, Cheryl Baxter, Jocelyn Coleman,
Leslie Lubiano-Vining, Lyvonne Parker-Hall and Joyce Sadik, have
produced “Overcoming Barriers,” a publication that
describes their own struggles to achieve their dreams of becoming
advanced practice nurses.
Individuals seeking information about the
scholarship or to support the fund-raising campaign should contact
Ruth Purcell, director of SRU advancement, at