News | August 04, 2022

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Alum’s scholarship fund supports doctor of nursing students

Thirty minutes.

That’s the window of time nurse anesthetist Johny Williamceau has to get to Gulf Coast Medical Center to save a life. “When the call comes in, every minute counts,” Williamceau says.

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Johny Williamceau. Photo: James Greco/FGCU.

The 2020 graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University’s master of science in nurse anesthesiology program assists with surgeries, accidents and ailments, administering anesthesia that helps patients withstand surgery.

Becoming a certified registered nurse anesthesiologist (CRNA) wasn’t easy for Williamceau, but it’s an accomplishment he looks back on with tremendous pride. Originally from Haiti and moving to east Naples at age 12, he’s been closely affiliated with the university since high school.

“The mentors that I’ve been fortunate enough to encounter along the way, the ones that saw the light in me, they are the reason I’m here today,” he says.

That support system of faculty, advisors, peers and colleagues helped Williamceau succeed in one of the most demanding programs in nursing – and do it with a sense of gratitude.

graphic of magazine coverThat’s why he’s developed a scholarship for two students working their way through the doctor of nursing practice degree in nurse anesthesiology at FGCU. “Nothing in this life is easy, and if there’s anything that I can do to ease the burden of someone on the same grueling journey that I traveled, I’m honored to do so,” he says.

Rochelle Jackson, director of development at FGCU says, “Johny is the generous type, always willing to make a commitment to others. He’s truly one of those FGCU students that made the decision to stay here and infuse the community with care and compassion.”

That care comes full circle to FGCU, where, Williamceau says, “my life was shaped.” He knows the importance of education and the struggles students can face that can make all the difference in whether they graduate and excel or walk away from their dream altogether.

Two JW Foundation scholarships were awarded in fall 2021, and that generosity has already made an impact for two thankful students. Williamceau exudes pride knowing his contribution has made a difference.

“It’s who I am,” he says. “Helping those who will be my colleagues in the future. I don’t have to be a millionaire, but once you care, you care.”