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UNE and Husson University students awarded Robert Masterson Nursing Scholarships

Date: 06/08/2023

Sophia Jones, who recently completed her nursing degree at the University of New England, and Jayden Gilbert, a Husson University nursing graduate, were awarded 2023 Robert Masterson Nursing Scholarships. The $2,500 Masterson Scholarship is awarded each year to one or more senior nursing students who attend a Maine college or university and plan to pursue a career in critical care.
For Robert Masterson, BSN, CCRN, nursing was more than a career or profession; it was truly a passion. Bob earned his nursing degree from the University of San Francisco and was a critical care nurse at Mercy Hospital for 30 years. Bob served as a supervisor to many nursing students during their clinical rotations and was known for calmly and confidently guiding others through difficult clinical situations. Bob led by example and embodied the Mercy values in a way that made everyone who worked with him feel privileged and inspired to be a better person and caregiver.
Bob retired from Mercy Hospital in January 2013 and passed away from pancreatic cancer just one month later. The Robert Masterson Nursing Scholarship honors Bob’s love for nursing, compassion for patients, and commitment to learning.
Photo: Recent nursing school graduates Sophia Jones and Jayden Gilbert are presented with $2,500 checks as recipients of the 2023 Robert Masterson Nursing Scholarship award. Pictured, from left to right, are Carlene Stevens BSN, CCRN, Clinical Nurse Lead ICU; Kathleen Masterson, Bob’s daughter; Jayden Gilbert; Althea Masterson, Bob’s wife; and Sophia Jones.