Hope College junior Angelina Matthews of Amityville, N.Y., has won a scholarship from the Kalamazoo-Muskegon chapter of the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA).

Applicants for the $1,000 awards competed on the basis of essays on why they chose to pursue a career in nursing.  Matthews and recipients from other colleges and universities were recognized during the chapter's award banquet on Saturday, May 14, at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids.

Matthews is a nursing major at Hope.  Her activities at the college have included the Phelps Scholars Program, a residence-hall-based program for students interested in exploring topics related to diversity together.  After graduation, she intends to work in nursing for a year and then pursue a master's degree in nursing.

She is the daughter of Melissa Ross of Amityville and Sean Vann of Columbus, Ohio.  She is a 2009 graduate of Northland High School in Columbus.

Founded in 1971, the NBNA is a non-profit organization designed to provide a forum for collective action by African American nurses to investigate, define and determine the health care needs of African Americans and to implement change to make available to African Americans and other minorities health care commensurate with that of the larger society.  NBNA represents 150,000 African American registered nurses, licensed vocational/practical nurses, nursing students and retired nurses from the United States, Caribbean and Africa, with 80 chartered chapters in 34 states.