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Nursing Scholarships

Doris Ferguson Nursing Scholarship 
The Doris Ferguson Nursing Scholarship was established in 2011. Doris Ferguson was born in Ellinwood, Kansas and attended nursing school at Emmanual Hospital in Portland, OR. She graduated with a bachelors in Public Health Nursing from the University of Oregon and earned a master’s degree in Public Health in 1955 from Simmons College and Harvard School of Public Health. Doris came to Oklahoma following her marriage to Gerald Ferguson in 1985, and her undeniable qualifications brought her to Northwestern, where she taught and later served as dean of nursing. Scholarship applicants must be a full-time, continuing junior or senior who has been accepted into the nursing program.

Clara Haack R.N. Scholarship 
Charles and Clara (Haack) Jackson established the Clara Haack R.N. scholarship in 2017 to provide financial assistance to students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing. Charles and Clara met at Northwestern as students. Charles graduated in 1963 with a degree in History and Clara graduated in 1964 with a degree in Home Economics and a minor in Business. When the couple found themselves in Oklahoma City, Clara returned to school to obtain her nursing degree in 1972. Following graduation, Clara worked as a staff nurse on medical surgical oncology units in different hospitals over the years.

Elaine “Winnie” Hart Nursing Scholarship
A native of Chicago, Illinois, Winnie Hart graduated from Cook County School of Nursing in 1939. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, she was called to active duty with the Red Cross Army Nurse Corps. While serving her final tour of duty, she fell in love with a young soldier from northwest Oklahoma who was recuperating after being released from a Japanese prison camp. She and Leonard Hart were married and moved to Laverne in 1947 where they raised their four children. Winnie continued her nursing career at the hospital and in 1985 was honored as Laverne’s first Citizen of the Year. This scholarship honors an upperclassman majoring in Nursing who has at least a 2.5 GPA. Preference will be given to the candidate who resides in Northwestern’s service area.

Home Economics Alumni Association Scholarship
The Home Economics Alumni Association was formed in 1983 and established this fund through dues and other donations. This award was revised in 1994 due to the closing of the Home Economics department. The recipient for this scholarship must be an Early Childhood Education major or a Nursing major who has at least a 3.0 GPA.

Vernon and Edna McNally Scholarship
Established in 1993, fifty years after Mrs. McNally graduated from Northwestern, this scholarship represents the Foundation’s first endowed scholarship in Nursing. The McNallys made their home in Waynoka, where they were involved in farming and ranching. Mr. McNally had devoted many hours of public service and was honored in 1991 by being inducted into the Oklahoma Conservation Hall of Fame after having served as a director for 42 years. Mrs. McNally devoted her life to education and retired after 37 years as an elementary teacher. In 1978 she was honored by being chosen Woods County Teacher of the Year. Qualifications for this scholarship include a 3.0 GPA and being one of the outstanding students in Nursing.

Dorothy Ramey Newman Nursing Scholarship
Mary White, a 1962 graduate of Northwestern, established this scholarship in honor of her mother, Dorothy Ramey Newman. Although Dorothy did not have higher education opportunities, she served as a nurse’s aide in a nursing home. She excelled at this work, as she possessed a strong work ethic and kind nature. This scholarship honors Dorothy by benefitting students of the Northwestern nursing program who have at least a 3.0 GPA. Recipients should work a part-time job and be a resident of Woods or Woodward counties.

Maurine Reneau Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1987 in honor of Maurine Reneau. Mrs. Reneau was a former Northwestern student pursuing a degree in Home Economics. She suspended her studies, however, upon the death of her mother in 1936. She maintained close ties to the university. Mrs. Reneau was a sustaining member of the Northwestern Foundation. Scholarship recipient must have at least a 2.5 GPA. Open to Nursing and Music majors.

The Louise Anna Seitz Nursing Scholarship
The Louise Anna Seitz Nursing Scholarship was established by Ken and Maggie Koppenaal and Linda Ann Frank. Maggie and Linda were not biological relatives of Louise, but considered themselves her daughters by heart. Louise dedicated her life to helping others, and she spent more than 63 years as a nurse. She had a kind heart, and cared for others in an incomparable way. This scholarship benefits students of the Northwestern nursing program who have at least a 2.5 GPA.

Dr. H. Leland Steffen Medical Scholarship
Dr. H. Leland Steffen graduated from Northwestern in 1950 and his wife, Carol, graduated in 1947. While their graduation dates are finite, their love and appreciation for Northwestern spanned a lifetime. The purpose of the Dr. H. Leland Steffen Medical Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Northwestern Oklahoma State University students seeking health-care related degrees, preferably pre-med or nursing. Scholarship recipient must have at least a 2.7 GPA.

Beeler-Stites Family Scholarship 
Northwestern and the Bill and Linda Beeler family share a long history starting with Bill’s grandfather, William “Bill” Stites, in the Sub-Freshman Class of 1915, to Dalton Beeler in the Class of 2014. The Beelers have been large part of the Alva community, owning businesses in the area for decades. This scholarship was established to continue the Beeler family’s support of the community and Northwestern students who are Science or Nursing majors.

Brad and Angela Szczepaniak Nursing Scholarship 
Richard and Bonnie Szczepaniak established this scholarship in 2017 in honor of this children, Brad and Angela, who fought cystic fibrosis. Both children eventually succumbed to the disease as young adults.  Despite the disease, Brad and Angela lived their life to the fullest and enjoyed the little things in life. The care Brad received from nurses inspired Richard and Bonnie to establish this scholarship. Their hope is this scholarship will ease the financial burden of college for nursing students in their third of fourth year.

Melva Taylor Nursing Scholarship
Melva Taylor was a member of the first graduating class of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University nursing program. Her love for nursing began early, for at the age of 16 she worked part-time as a nurse’s aide. Melva graduated in 1985 and shortly thereafter was diagnosed with breast cancer. She died September 7, 1986. This scholarship was fully funded in 1996 by family, friends, members of the NWOSU faculty, and the Dean of Nursing, Mrs. Doris Ferguson. Applicants must be junior or senior nursing students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the NWOSU department of nursing. Consideration for selection will include academic merit, leadership, dedication, future goals, and financial need.

The William and Agnes Warren Memorial Scholarship
Established in 2009 by the four children of William and Agnes Warren, this scholarship provides financial assistance to nursing students at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and combines the passions of the Warrens. William, a lifelong learner, encouraged all of his children to graduate from college, which they did. Agnes, a nurse, was interested in medical care to her last days and was an example of service to her children. Scholarship applicants must have a 2.5 GPA. Preference will be given to an applicant residing in Woodward Co.

J. Cooper and Gladys West Scholarship
This endowment was established in 2005 by J. Cooper and Gladys (Webb) West. J. Cooper and his wife Gladys are both business major graduates of Northwestern; J. Cooper in 1939 and Gladys in 1938. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Northwestern students in the schools of nursing and business.

Allen L. and Carolyn J. Wilson Scholarship
Allen L. Wilson discovered the significance of education while at Northwestern pursing his Social Science degree. The personal attention he received from his professors made a difference in his education. Upon graduation, Allen received his graduate degree in Psychology and worked as a vocational rehabilitator in Tulsa. His wife, Carolyn, has a heart for people that is evident in her career choice. She graduated from St. Mary’s School of Radiology as a radiological technologist. This scholarship benefits a student majoring in nursing or psychology.


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