Cameo Gerken of Eagleville, Missouri, a recent Southwestern Community College practical nursing graduate, was selected as one of 15 Phi Theta Kappa members in the United States to receive the Hurst Review NCLEX® Scholarship to help cover the cost of NCLEX exam fees and study materials.

The 2020 Hurst Scholars are:

  • Aireen Aquino, Hudson County Community College, New Jersey
  • Robin Avis, Vermont Technical College, Vermont
  • Canton Comardelle, Pearl River Community College, Mississippi
  • Arlet Del Toro Gamez, Nova Southeastern University, Florida
  • Nicole Fawell, Gateway Community College, Connecticut
  • Lindsey Flynn, Butler County Community College, Pennsylvania
  • Cameo Gerken, Southwestern Community College, Iowa
  • Mikiala Maynard, University of Hawaii, Maui College, Hawaii
  • Katie Murray, Lake Superior College, Minnesota
  • Diana Peretti, Joliet Junior College, Illinois
  • Jeffry Sanchez, Carolinas College of Health Sciences, North Carolina
  • Heather Strait, Harrisburg Area Community College, Pennsylvania
  • Ashlyn Sylvia, Paris Junior College, Texas
  • Emily Twitchell, River Valley Community College, New Hampshire
  • Kristagae Wade, Keiser University, Florida

The scholarship, funded by national nursing exam prep company Hurst Review Services, is exclusively for Phi Theta Kappa nursing majors who plan to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®). Hurst Scholars will receive a code to cover the cost of Hurst Review NCLEX® study materials and a cash award to cover the NCLEX® exam fees.

“Hurst’s mission has always been to help nursing students succeed by improving clinical judgement skills through the best NCLEX® preparation course available,” Hurst CEO Pat Lowery said. “Together, Hurst and Phi Theta Kappa can provide the resources required to begin a successful career in nursing.”

The NCLEX® is a standardized exam given by each state’s board of nursing to determine if RN or LPN/LVN candidates are competent for entry-level nursing practice. In addition to the scholarship, Hurst also provides a $50 discount on NCLEX study materials — including the company’s newest product, N-STREAM — for all Phi Theta Kappa members preparing to take the exam. “It is such a privilege to work with Hurst Review Services to provide scholarships for NCLEX® certification fees for our members,” said Dr. Monica Marlowe, Executive Director of the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation. “Exam costs often create a financial barrier for students that hinders their ability to enter the workforce. We appreciate the support Hurst provides to our members through certification scholarships and study materials.”

Hurst Review is an educational services company based in Brookhaven, Mississippi. Since 1988, Hurst’s proven NCLEX® review course has helped hundreds of thousands of nursing students achieve first-attempt success. Hurst Review provides three comprehensive course formats to fit students’ learning styles: live in-person, live streaming, and streaming videos. All courses include NCLEX®-style practice questions and simulation exams. These courses and features allow Hurst to continue to see a pass rate of over 98 percent.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of students at associate degree-granting colleges and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The society is made up of more than 3.5 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in 11 nations, with approximately 240,000 active members in the nation’s colleges. Learn more at