Westminster, Md., May 24, 2019—Carroll Community College (Carroll) will
present the President’s Academic Excellence Award, the College’s highest award
to graduates, to Noah Evan Tucker, a nursing student from the class of 2019, at
the College’s 26th commencement. The ceremony will take place on
Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at the McDaniel College Gill Center.
32-year-old Westminster resident, was chosen by College President Dr. James D.
Ball to receive this prestigious award for his academic achievements and outstanding
community service. He will receive an Associate Degree in Science after
completing the select admissions Nursing Program at the Ceremony.
“In addition to
his demonstrated academic excellence and exceptional recommendations from our
nursing faculty, Noah showed a deep commitment to providing healthcare services
to underserved patients though his volunteer activities,” said Ball. During his
time at Carroll, Tucker volunteered regularly with Remote Area Medical, a
non-profit organization that operates mobile medical, dental and vision clinics
in rural areas where its residents do not have access to or cannot afford basic
describes his experience with Remote Area Medical as the “most rewarding work
of my health care career to date.” He is a core volunteer, responsible with
other core volunteers for setting up and tearing down the clinics, training
volunteers and ensuring smooth operations. The clinics serve as many as 1,000
patients over a single weekend.
Carroll’s Nursing Program for its reputation, affordability and hands-on
training. Having worked in health care research for several years before
enrolling in the program, he realized he wanted to transition to clinical care.
Tucker recalls that during his third-term clinical rotation, he became “comfortable
with being a nurse. I had learned so many skills, and I was putting them into
practice. It was a fantastic feeling.”
“I am so
honored to have been chosen by Dr. Ball for this award. Thanks to the financial
support I received through scholarships, and the on-going support from the
nursing faculty, I will achieve my goal of becoming a registered nurse,” said
He plans to
continue to volunteer with Remote Area Medical once he receives his nursing
license. His long-term plans includes additional education to become a Physician
Assistant or Nurse Practitioner, allowing him to provide medical care as well
as nursing care to these patients. Tucker is enrolled in this Fall’s RN-BSN
program at University of Maryland-Baltimore and plans to graduate from there in