Minden High Grad Honored with Scholarship

(Melinda Boyce is presented the 2021 George E. French III Scholarship by French, right, and MMC CEO Jim Williams)

Melinda Boyce, a 2021 graduate of Minden High School, has been named recipient of the 2021 George E. French III Scholarship.

“Melinda is the perfect choice for this scholarship,” Minden Principal Becky Wilson told the Journal. “Like George French, she exemplifies servant leadership and a servant’s heart. She is a special student that I admire.”

The scholarship is open to high school seniors who are residents of Webster Parish and plan to major in nursing. A prerequisite is they are working to become a registered nurse by attending an accredited two or four-year institution on a full-time basis.

French was Minden Medical Center’s CEO for 34 years – from 1982 until retirement in 2016. Current CEO Jim Williams said French was a dedicated, loyal and humble servant leader.

“We are happy that George’s dedication and commitment to healthcare will continue to be recognized and honored through the George E. French III Scholarship,” Williams said. “This scholarship will be presented annually to a deserving senior of Webster Parish who is pursuing a career as a Registered Nurse.”

Melinda said she loves to help people and knew she wanted to be a nurse.

“Through my AHEC experience at Minden Medical Center, I discovered I wanted to be a neonatal RN,” she said.

She will enroll at Northwestern State University this fall where she will work toward a Bachelor of Science in nursing and specialize in neonatology.

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