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Samaritan Foundation Awards Two Nurse Practitioner Scholarships

Published on: July 30, 2021

Watertown, NY – Samaritan Medical Center Foundation of Northern New York is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Susan Peters Nursing Scholarship – Desiree Fuller, RN, and Teresa Bednar, RN.

Both recipients currently work in Samaritan’s Emergency Department. Ms. Fuller, a 10-year Samaritan employee, is pursuing her M.S. in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) from Utica College and Ms. Bednar, a 12-year employee is earning her Nurse Practitioner degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University.

The Susan Peters Nursing Scholarship was established in 2018 to assist with the education costs for an RN who is continuing their education, specifically to pursue a Nurse Practitioner degree. Two scholarships of $2,000 are awarded each year.

“I want a challenge and to grow in the field of nursing to the best of my ability,” Ms. Fuller said in her application. “Being a native in the North Country, I know there is a shortage of providers to care for people in our community and I can bridge that gap as an FNP.”

Mrs. Peters, who sadly passed away in March 2020, set up this scholarship because she wanted to make an impact on the future of nursing in our community while promoting the Nurse Practitioner profession. She was a 1965 graduate of the House of the Good Samaritan (HGS) Nursing School and spent over 20 years as a Nurse Manager in various areas, including Medical/Surgical and Orthopedics. She retired in 1999 as a Radiation Oncology Nurse.

For more information about the scholarship program, please contact the Foundation at 315-785-4584 or visit

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