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Roan Oak Masonic Lodge funds PJC nursing scholarships

Published or Revised July 17, 2014

Roan Oak Masonic Lodge scholarship donation 2014.

Four PJC nursing students are shown at the presentation of $500 scholarships from the Roan Oak Masonic Lodge #860 of Garrett’s Bluff, Texas. Left to right are: Clayton Hanley and Sheila Sikes of Paris, Lodge Secretary James Parsons, Lodge Worshipful Master Mike Parsons, Danielle Gerhardt of Honey Grove, Kristi Baggett of Paris and PJC Director of Health Occupations Marcia Putnam.

Four Paris Junior College associate degree-nursing students have received $500 scholarships from the Roan Oak Masonic Lodge #860 of Garrett’s Bluff, Texas.

Receiving the scholarships are nursing students Danielle Gerhardt of Honey Grove and Kristi Baggett, Clayton Hanley and Sheila Sikes, all of Paris. 

On hand for the presentation were Worshipful Master of the Lodge Mike Parsons and Lodge Secretary James Parsons.

“We do this so the kids can get through school,” said James Parsons. He explained that the lodge holds fundraisers to raise the money throughout the year.

Roan Oak Masonic Lodge wants to assist the community and support the students so they may go on to help others in the community. The lodge’s major fundraiser, a fish fry at Garrett’s Bluff, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27 and everyone is invited to attend. For information about the event, call 903-732-4035. For more information about PJC nursing programs call 903-782-0734.

“Many of our nursing students have been helped by Roan Oak Masonic Lodge scholarships,” said PJC Health Occupations Director Marcia Putnam. “The scholarships assist with expenses such as tuition, books and living expenses. The program is demanding, and to be successful students must devote time to their studies.”

As the students expressed their gratitude to the lodge representatives, Secretary Parsons charged them with a mission to finish their education.

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