Haverhill mom wins scholarship; aspires to become a nurse

Jenna Naylor

HAVERHILL — Jenna Naylor has done rather well for herself.

The Haverhill mother of three sons has a good job and a happy marriage.

One thing she doesn't have is a college degree ... but she's working hard to change that.

Naylor is studying toward a nursing degree at Northern Essex Community College. She has a 3.62 grade point average and recently won the $1,500 Haverhill Rotary Club Scholarship.

“This was really important, with the kids, the textbooks, life in general, it’s pretty expensive," said Naylor. "It was a relief to receive the scholarship. It will cover my two classes this fall.

“It was also a real honor to be recognized. I’m really thankful.”

Naylor, 35, graduated from Georgetown High School in 2000 and briefly attended Fitchburg State College. She then attended North Shore Community College for two semesters but deciding she was not ready for higher education.     . 

She started working as a dealer relationship manager for an auto financing company in 2003 and has been there ever since.

Naylor's real ambition, however, is to work in health care, she said. She is completing her college math and science requirements for the nursing program, taking two classes a semester at night, after her daytime job ends.

“I really think I would love to be a nurse,” she says. “I love the human body and the science behind it. I really find it intriguing. And, I enjoy caring for people. My Dad is blind so I guess I have a soft spot for individuals who require that extra assistance.”

Naylor expects to graduate next May and enroll in a nursing program the following September. She would like to work as a labor and delivery nurse.

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