GIFT OF LIFE SCHOLARSHIP
About the Stacie Morse Education Scholarship
Flight nurse Stacie Morse, flight paramedic Margaret Langston, and pilot Patrick Coyle perished on January 29th, 2019, while responding to a call for fixed-wing patient transport. As ECHO’s second member from Alaska, she was known as “Alaska 2” and had a strong passion for learning. Stacie had a huge love for the outdoors and volunteered to better the community in which she lived. Stacie worked in various settings between ED and ICU nursing before beginning her career as a flight nurse in Juneau, Alaska.
The Stacie Morse Gift Of Flight Scholarship is intended for a female nurse in a rural area interested in pursuing a career as a flight nurse. This scholarship applies to nurses with at least three years of experience in an ED or ICU setting or those 21+ who are interested in pursuing a career in flight nursing.
Candidates should be passionate about dedicating the time and effort it takes to provide the highest level of care to patients in the air medical environment. Funds may be applied towards courses that will improve knowledge of air medical transport, including trauma courses, safety courses, and successfully completing certification courses and exams.
Applicants should apply through the link below. Scholarship funds will be awarded based on availability, demonstrated need, and following successful completion of the education program or class. For graded courses, successful completion is defined as a “B” or better.
On January 29, 2019, Flight Nurse Stacie Rae Morse and her fellow crew members were lost on Guardian Flight N13LY when their plane went down over the water on a medevac flight between Anchorage and Kake, Alaska.
Morse graduated from Squalicum High School in 2007 in Bellingham, WA, and attended the nursing program at Whatcom Community College. She received her BSN from Washington University. She was known for her intelligence, energy, and sense of adventure. She had lived in Alaska since 2015 and was a critical care nurse in Juneau as well as a flight nurse with Guardian Flight, and was expecting her first child at the time of her death.
To honor our member, Every Coast Helicopter Operations (ECHO) in conjunction with Stacie's family, have created this scholarship program in her memory. The winner shall receive $2500.00 towards nursing school tuition and be sponsored to attend the Annual ECHO conference (travel accommodations included).
We are looking for female applicants 21 years of age or older that demonstrate characteristics which Stacie valued: boldness, fiercely independence, creativity, and innovation; a motivated, self-starter; respectful of cultural diversity; and must be working/employed while in school and maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or greater. Preference will be given to applicants from Alaska, and those who live and/or practice in underserved communities.
Those that are current nurses and pursuing a career in flight nursing may also apply for this scholarship in pursuit of your BSN or advanced degree or certification program.
Rest easy, Stacie. We'll take it from here.
An official copy of your transcript with your GPA of 3.0 or greater in an RN program or prerequisites. (For those already graduated we will need to see a 3.0 graduating GPA)
Evidence that you are currently employed.
Three references – two professional and one personal.
Essay form answers to the following questions (500 words maximum per question):
Why do you want to be a flight nurse?
Choose two of the following additional questions:
What made you choose to study nursing?
What draws you to provide direct patient care?
Describe a pivotal moment in your life that exemplifies the characteristics listed above.
Describe the greatest adventure you’ve experienced.
The essay, references, proof of employment, and transcript(s) should be submitted by November 30th, 2021 to Marybeth Wiedemann at email@example.com.
The recipient will be announced the first week of February 2022.
Must be available to attend and participate in the Annual ECHO conference.