A scholarship program provided by the Northwest Texas Hospital Association is helping two area ladies achieve professional nursing instruction. In a program that involves a team effort between the association and the Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital, Licensed Vocational Nurses Ofelia Hernandez and Janie Bara have each received $1,000 scholarships to pursue studies toward a career in an allied health care profession. They each are attending classes at Central Texas College while working at the Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital. The Northwest Texas Hospital Association established the scholarship program in order to assist smaller communities in the state with their efforts to recruit health care professionals to work in rural hospitals. The association awards a total of $5,000 each year to students nominated by member hospitals. Each hospital provides the matching scholarship amounts for a total of $1,000 per student. The Northwest Texas Hospital Association is the oldest association of its kind in the state and is composed of hospitals, businesses and others interested in health care and continuing access to health care. The membership territory covers the area from the panhandle in the north to Dallas in the east , El Paso in the west and Kerrville in the south.