Richard C. Nelson
Richard C. Nelson was born the sixth of eight children in Brockton MA, and lived through the Great Depression with ten people in a series of five-room tenements. Dick enlisted in the US Army during the mop-up phase of WWII, and the G.I. Bill served as his "scholarship." This allowed him the opportunity to become a teacher, then a counselor. He used his profession as a ticket to fulfill his enthusiasm for traveling abroad. He completed a Master's and Ph.D. at Ohio University, and a series of opportunities brought him to Purdue University. During his Purdue years, he served a second enthusiasm by singing with the Cherry Lane Dudes at many retirement and nursings homes. He was on the Purdue counselor education faculty for 32 years, and retired as professor emeritus. Dick was blessed with remarkably good health until he suffered a debilitating stroke just short of his eightieth birthday. He attributes his remarkable recovery to the nursing care he received. He wishes his scholarship to serve as a thank-you to the nuses who cared for him and to those who will care for others in the future.
Betty M. Nelson
Betty M. Nelson grew up in the heart of the Appalachian coal mining country where there was and still is a scarcity of medical services, along with an abundance of chronic health problems. "It is a privilege to encourage new generations of students enrolled at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing," said Betty. From her days as a graduate assistant in a university residence hall, to serving as the Dean of Students at Purdue years later, her career focused on the development of students. Along the way, Betty has been actively involved with the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette, the Diversity Round Table, Leadership Lafayette, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra, the Purdue Retirees Association, St. Elizabeth Hospital Lay Advisory Council, United Way, YWCA and a host of other organizations. Betty has always worked hard and focused her attention on important ways to help her community. She gets involved and makes a difference whenever and wherever she can. However, the one thing she hasn't done well? Cooking. She never established a reputation as a decent cook - always too many other interesting things to do!
Minimum Criteria for Consideration:
- Applicant must be either a U.S. Citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States
- Applicant must demonstrate financial need.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale.
- Additional consideration will be given to a student who represents a population with greater healthcare disparities and access to fewer healthcare professionals. This includes but is not necessarily limited to persons of color.