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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO -- Southeastern School of Nursing students Seth Crnko and Morgan Mincey, both of Denham Springs, were recipients of $500 disaster scholarships funded by the University of Alabama Capstone School of Nursing following the recent floods in Livingston Parish. Pictured are, from left, Ann Carruth, dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Crnko, Mincey, and Eileen Creel, head of the School of Nursing.

Morgan Mincey’s home in Denham Springs — like so many others in the Livingston Parish area — was hit hard by the August floods.

A junior in nursing at Southeastern Louisiana University, Mincey said her family had never anticipated a flood of this nature, especially since they did not live in a flood zone.

“We definitely were not prepared for a flood; then water started flowing into our house,” she said. “The cost to rebuild, purchase home furnishings and replacing personal items is overwhelming. We are rebuilding and trying to put our lives back together.”

Mincey is one of two SLU nursing students who received a $500 disaster fund scholarship donated by the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing in Tuscaloosa. The funds were raised through contributions of UA faculty and staff, its alumni association, and the Association of Student Nurses.

Also receiving assistance through the donation is Seth Crnko, of Denham Springs.

“We are thankful to be able to support SLU, specifically the students of the School of Nursing, during this time,” said Johnny R. Tice, instructor and faculty adviser to the University of Alabama Capstone College of Nursing. “While we know the road to recovery is a long one, it’s our hope that our contribution helps make the journey a little shorter.”

“I am thankful to the University of Alabama for generously reaching out in this time of need,” said Crnko, whose truck was severely damaged and home also flooded. “This gift has given me reassurance that everything is going to be OK.”

“The outreach to our community has been tremendous,” Mincey added. “I am thankful to the University of Alabama for reaching out to Southeastern’s School of Nursing. The love and support from people you don’t know are treasured.”

“The University of Alabama, especially its Student Nursing Association, has shown a true spirit of caring,” said Eileen Creel, head of the Southeastern School of Nursing. “This act of kindness by UA’s Capstone College of Nursing was incredibly uplifting at a difficult time for so many students and faculty. We are very appreciative.”