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Nursing Scholarships

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 lived and 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.

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 CGPA 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 aid 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.

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. During many of years the Reneaus lived in Alva, they kept a female student in their home. Mrs. Reneau was a sustaining member of the Northwestern Foundation.

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.

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.

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 cancer of the breast. 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 CGPA of 3.0 in the NWOSU school 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.

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 graduates of Northwestern; J. Cooper in 1939 with a business degree and Gladys in 1938 also with a business degree. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to Northwestern students in the schools of nursing and business.


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