Transplant recipient scholarship winner back on track

Chicago Tribune | Karen Caffarini

Rose Traczyk-Mastey, a double organ transplant recipient and Lakes of Four Seasons resident, is one of 28 students who'll receive scholarships at Ivy Tech College's Chancellor's Dinner on Oct. 14. (Karen Caffarini / Post-Tribune)

Rose Traczyk-Mastey has wanted to be a nurse since she was 5 and dressing up as Florence Nightingale for Halloween.

"No one knew who I was supposed to be," she laughed.

More than four decades, a double organ transplant and one foiled attempt at obtaining a nursing degree later, the Lakes of Four Seasons woman is on her way to reaching that goal, and excelling in her endeavor.

One and a half years into the nursing program at Ivy Tech College, Traczyk-Mastey, who is now in her 50s, has a 3.84 grade point average, earning her one of 28 scholarships to be awarded this year at the Chancellor's Scholarship Dinner, to take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Avalon Manor in Hobart.

Louise Thompson, Resource Development coordinator for Ivy Tech, said students must have a 3.75 GPA or greater, have completed 30 credit hours or more and write an essay to qualify for the scholarships, valued at $1,500 each. Continue reading