BUFFALO—Erie Community College student DeMarco Ogletree was honored by Roswell Park with the $2,000 Eva M. Noles Scholarship at the fifth annual Eva M. Noles Scholarship and Community Recognition Breakfast inside the Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) this December. The annual program honors the legacy of Eva M. Noles, RN, Buffalo's first African-American registered nurse and a longtime RPCI employee who served in many leadership roles at the Institute, including as Director of Nursing.
Ogletree (pictured with scholarship namesake Noles) joined the Roswell Park staff in the spring of 2012, and is now a cashier in the RPCI's Nutrition & Food Service Department. He is presently pursuing degrees in both nursing and theology at ECC and plans to continue his work in healthcare, helping to fight health disparities in the Buffalo area.
"From his first days with us, DeMarco has committed himself wholeheartedly to the Roswell Park mission," said David Scott, RPCI Director of Diversity and Inclusion. "He has contributed greatly as an employee, and now we have a great opportunity to reward that commitment — which embodies the work, spirit and legacy of Ms. Noles — and help him achieve his career goals by providing a scholarship toward his studies."
Since 1946, Erie Community College has met the needs of a diverse student body while contributing to the economic vitality of Western New York. As a member of the state's SUNY system, the three-campus college provides flexible, affordable and accessible educational programs in an accommodating academic environment. Equipped with the knowledge of these programs, ECC's faculty, staff and students strive to enrich their host communities through skill, service and partnership.