Help for Nursing Students
The Forty & Eight Society awards nursing scholarships to two local students.
Members of the military veterans’ honor society, La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux (The Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses), recently presented $1,000 nursing scholarships to two Brunswick Community College (BCC) nursing students.
Lisa Merritt’s scholarship was from the Society’s national George B. Boland Nurses Training Scholarship Trust Fund. Kamryn Latta was awarded the North Carolina Grande (state) Nurses Training Scholarship. Presenting the scholarship checks were Rick Sessa, Voiture 245 Chef de Gare (Car 245 Stationmaster) and the co-chairs of the Voiture 245 BCC Nurses Training Scholarship Fund, Don Eisenman and Jim Giroud.
The scholarships are awarded to outstanding nursing students who have demonstrated a commitment to bring quality nursing skills to their patients.
La Société des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux (The Society of Forty Men and Eight Horses) is an independent, invitation-only, honor society of American veterans and service members more commonly known as The Forty & Eight. The Forty & Eight was founded in 1920 by American veterans returning from France.
Membership is by invitation of honorably discharged veterans and honorably serving members of the United States Armed Forces.
The Society has done a great deal to curb the shortage of nurses in this country.
While the first nurses training scholarships were awarded in 1941, the current program dates from 1955. Since then, through June 2020, the Society has awarded $34,400,000 to assist 52,186 deserving nursing students in obtaining their nursing degrees.
The titles and symbols of The Forty and Eight are derived from the experiences of U.S. troops during World War I. American soldiers were transported to the front on the French rail system.
These soldiers were crammed into narrow gauge boxcars, each stenciled with “40 Hommes/8 Chevaux,” denoting the capacity to hold either 40 men or 8 horses.
For additional information, see the website: fortyandeight.org.