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Regina Anim-Addo

Regina Anim-Addo Endowed Scholarship

Regina Anim-Addo grew up in Kumasi, Ghana, where life was not always easy. As a young woman, she had a desire to become a nurse, but there were no opportunities locally. After reading about City College of New York's nursing program, she set a goal of someday going there to get an education.

By age 18, she saved enough money to come to New York, only to discover on arrival that she did not have enough to attend college. Unable to forego her dream, she immediately went to work at three different jobs: stocking shelves in a grocery store, driving a forklift at night, and washing dishes. She lived at the YWCA to help defray living expenses.

In 1984, Regina became a RN and began working full time at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and at INOVA Fairfax Hospital. Receiving a diploma must have been an exciting time for her, second only to being able to bring her son to the United States. It was necessary for him to stay behind in Ghana with his grandmother while his mother pursued an education. In 1993, she earned an MSN from George Mason University. Additional certifications qualified her as a member of the cardiovascular operating room team at INOVA Fairfax Hospital.

On a return trip to Ghana in 1996, Regina met a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her baptism six years later was yet another milestone in her life. Not long after Regina was baptized, she was diagnosed with cancer and realized her life would not be a long one. After hearing a story on the radio about the 2002-03 SARS epidemic in China, she decided to leave a gift to BYU College of Nursing. The report included the story of a BYU nursing student in China who conveyed her faith in God and courage to stick it out and not flee the country as most westerners were doing. The student, Robin Kartchner Barker, was completing her BYU ORCA research on Chinese women's perceptions of childbearing.

At the time of her death, Regina lived in Woodbridge, Virginia, where she established a friendship with her Home Teacher, Patrick Graff. At her request, he completed the paper work to establish the Regina Anim-Addo Endowed Scholarship at BYU College of Nursing. Regina's desire was that the money be used to fund scholarships for students who displayed a desire to pursue a nursing career and who exhibited a determination to work hard at improving themselves.