(KTEN) — Texoma needs more health care workers, and Grayson College is playing a role to help fill these openings by offering financial aid to students who are interested in a career in that field.

"It's extremely important," said Amy Coffman, chief nurse officer at Wilson N. Jones Medical Center in Sherman. "The scholarship is for the certified nursing aides. We go out there at every graduation class and talk to them about the benefits of working in health care and what that looks like; they turn out really good applicants."

Coffman is a Grayson College graduate who started her career as an entry-level nurse before working her way up to her current position.

"I graduated in 1998 there, and started here as a baby nurse," she said. "[I've] been here my entire career working my way through the hospital."

She hopes this new scholarship program will help more Grayson College grads follow in her footsteps.