Undergraduate Scholarships

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Below are details of the scholarships available to BSN students.

The Frances Emily Gilreath Endowed Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship Fund has been established by Frank Gilreath in honor of his daughter Frances “Fran” Gilreath, a 1970 graduate of the BSN program at the SON. Fran grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina with her parents J. Frank Gilreath, Jr. and Betty Collins Gilreath, and her brother John Franklin Gilreath, III. Fran began her pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in nursing at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1966, after graduating from South Mecklenburg High School. She worked as a nurse at Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children for almost two years, at Mundo Vista camp during a summer, and finally at Duke University Hospital. She was in a tragic accident on her way to work there in April of 1973.

In 1974, her parents established an expendable scholarship in Fran’s name at the SON to help nursing students. They contributed annually to this scholarship for thirty-seven years, and helped an enormous number of students achieve their dreams of becoming a nurse. After 39 years in 2013 the Frances family has decided again to create an endowment fund for the Frances Emily Gilreath Nursing Scholarship, so that future generations of Carolina nurses can receive support in Fran’s name in perpetuity.

The scholarship will support tuition, fees, books, and other education-related expenses for an undergraduate nursing student under conditions in which circumstances might jeopardize the student’s ability to achieve his or her dream of receiving the degree.

The Mona Lucile Kjervik, RN, Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship Fund Dr. Diane Kjervik, JD, RN, FAAN, established The Mona Lucile Kjervik, RN Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship Fund to honor the memory of her mother, Mona, who had a long career in nursing. Mona grew up on a farm, and felt a calling to be a nurse early in life. Her goal was to attain a BSN degree, but in the wake of The Great Depression, she could not afford it. After graduating from the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in La Crosse, Wisconsin and becoming an RN, Mona served her rural community of Mount Horeb, just outside of Madison. Because Mona and her husband, Abner Reuben, a physician, were the community’s sole medical providers, residents of Mount Horeb truly relied on the couple for medical care.

Dr. Kjervik was recruited to the School by Dean Cynthia Freund and served many roles at the university, including Director of the Women’s Center. She retired in 2012 after serving the SON as Professor and Division Chair for Health Care Environments. Dr. Kjervik’s goal is to help nursing students overcome the financial barriers that her mother faced, and allow them to achieve their academic goals. “I wanted to make it possible for young rural women, or men, interested in being a nurse to come here,” she says.

The Melinda K. Brock Public Health Nursing Scholarship was established in 2010 by Eunice M. Brock in memory of her daughter, Melinda Kellner Brock. The endowed scholarship will assist undergraduate or graduate nursing students who demonstrate a passion for public health nursing, as Melinda did through care of and compassion for her patients.

Melinda began her career in the Mother Baby unit at WakeMed Hospitals and spent the last 15 years in Family Planning at the Durham County Health Department, where her true calling was care for the underserved. Her former coworker states “The patients on our unit had a wide range of income brackets, but Melinda’s desire was to be assigned to those less fortunate.” She advocated for them in many ways. If they needed additional social resources, she found them. If they would benefit from frequent follow up, she continued to check on them. Her devotion to mothers and their new babies was unparalleled. But she also practiced family-centered care, involving not just parents, but young siblings as well, guiding them to find their own way as a new family.

Melinda’s personal characteristics and view of the world had much to do with her chosen profession. She was determined to help those who most needed it and to make the world a better place. This, not material wealth, was Melinda’s definition of success. Students who pursue their own calling as nurses now have a chance to find that same definition of success. With her gift, Eunice continues Melinda’s commitment to the future of public health nursing. By establishing the Melinda Kellner Brock Public Health Nursing Scholarship and ensuring that it continues to grow with a documented bequest, she, too, will make a difference for patients in need.
Melinda’s legacy of care for the underserved will live on through future Carolina nurses. Eunice Brock’s most sincere desire in establishing the scholarship is that the recipient be “committed to making the lives of those in need healthier and happier.”

Carol Ann Beerstecher Blackwell Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1979 by Dr. and Mrs. Robert Beerstecher, in memory of their daughter. Carol, BSN ’71, was a pediatric nurse who died of cancer on February 16, 1979, at the age of 29.

Carol had returned to Chapel Hill in 1972 to begin her graduate education. Despite her illness preventing her from completing her master’s degree, Carol lectured frequently on death and dying to nursing students, physicians, chaplains and other health care professionals during the last few years of her life.

Mrs. Yolande Beerstecher, Carol’s mother, asks, “It would be appreciated if at some time during the year each scholarship recipient were to place a bouquet of daisies on the memorial marker to Carol Ann Beerstecher Blackwell in the old campus cemetery as a tribute to her and her classmates, both living and dead, of the School of Nursing Class of 1971.”

Carol Ann Beerstecher Blackwell Memorial Scholarship Fund undergraduate recipients are selected based on academic merit and leadership ability. Awards are made by the University’s Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.

Support for graduate students at the master’s and doctoral levels are also available from the Carol Ann Beerstecher Blackwell Memorial Scholarship Fund. Awards are made by the School of Nursing Office of Admissions and Student Services.

Vicki Lois Afrecan Memorial Scholarship was established in 1969 by Murray and Sophie Afrecan, as a memorial to their daughter. Vicki, a senior at Chapel Hill High School who unexpectedly died in her sleep, planned to study nursing at Carolina.

The Vicki Lois Afrecan Memorial Scholarship is awarded to nursing students based on financial need and academic merit. Recipients are selected by the University’s Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.

Cora Pitts Barbee Scholarship was established in 1969 by Mary Perry Ragsdale in memory of her aunt, Cora Pitts Barbee Cora Pitts Barbee Scholarships are awarded to “deserving young women” in the School of Nursing.

Mrs. Ragsdale, whose family founded the Southern Furniture Market, was a member of “Mrs. Carrington’s Committee”, a group of influential friends who joined with Mrs. Elizabeth Scott Carrington to establish the School of Nursing at UNC Chapel Hill in the early 1950′s. Mrs. Ragsdale was also an honorary lifetime member of the School of Nursing Foundation, Inc. She passed away in 2004.

Carol Ann Beerstecher Blackwell Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1979 by Dr. and Mrs. Robert Beerstecher, in memory of their daughter. Carol, BSN ’71, was a pediatric nurse who died of cancer on February 16, 1979, at the age of 29.

Carol had returned to Chapel Hill in 1972 to begin her graduate education. Despite her illness preventing her from completing her master’s degree, Carol lectured frequently on death and dying to nursing students, physicians, chaplains and other health care professionals during the last few years of her life.

Mrs. Yolande Beerstecher, Carol’s mother, asks, “It would be appreciated if at some time during the year each scholarship recipient were to place a bouquet of daisies on the memorial marker to Carol Ann Beerstecher Blackwell in the old campus cemetery as a tribute to her and her classmates, both living and dead, of the School of Nursing Class of 1971.”

Carol Ann Beerstecher Blackwell Memorial Scholarship Fund recipients are selected based on academic merit and leadership ability. Awards are made by the University’s Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.

Audrey Booth Nursing Scholarship Fund was created by Walter Royal Davis, a native of Pasquotank County, NC. Mr. Davis, a Texas oilman and former UNC Board of Governors member, wanted to honor Audrey Booth, the first graduate of the SON’s master’s program (1957), for her exemplary and long-time leadership for nurses and nursing in the State of North Carolina. Ms. Booth was a former faculty member and Associate Dean in the SON.

This award is made based on a student’s sound scholastic record and financial need. Preference is given to first generation college students or community college transfers. The award is administered by the University’s Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.

BSN Class of 2003 established an endowed scholarship as a class gift in honor of their graduation to support the SON and the Carolina First Campaign. It is awarded based on academic merit, leadership and community service. Presently, the fund is building endowment to meet minimum award requirements.

The Martha “Marty” Bumgarner Merit Scholarship Fund is a lasting tribute to our SON alumna who died in 2004 from lung cancer at the age of 42. Marty was not a smoker. The Fund was created by Marty’s friends and family as a lasting tribute to her life and career by providing undergraduate nursing students at UNC-Chapel Hill with the opportunity to pursue a career in nursing, following in Marty’s footsteps.

Sudie Boykin Daniel Nursing Scholarship is awarded annually by the University’s Office of Scholarship and Student Aid to several need-based students. Ms. Daniel earned the Certificate in Public Health Nursing in 1949 from UNC Chapel Hill before the baccalaureate program and the School of Nursing were established.

Mona Louise Currie RN to BSN Scholarship provides support to students who enroll in an intensive, multi-year program designed to assist registered nurses to obtain their baccalaureate degree. This award is also available to RN to MSN students who are in need of support. Recipients are selected by the School of Nursing and awards are made by the University’s Office of Scholarship and Student Aid.

Eunice Morde Doty Endowed Scholarship was established in 2003 by Carol M. Ross, AB ’67, RN, CNS, in tribute to her mother who had a successful 40-year career in nursing. The scholarship honors Mrs. Doty who graduated as valedictorian from high school in the Great Depression and entered the diploma program at Massachusetts General Hospital to meet the practical needs of her time. Mrs. Doty was a role model and caretaker for many – family, friends and neighbors. The Eunice Morde Doty Endowed Scholarship acknowledges Mrs. Doty’s dream of going to college and her lifelong professional commitment to nursing. It is awarded based on academic achievement and financial need.

Helene Fuld Health Trust Scholarship Endowment established in 2004 with a gift of over $500,000, offers support for tuition and fees. The School of Nursing was one of only 10 schools selected nationally to receive this endowment. The Fuld Trust, based in New York City, is the only foundation in the United States that solely supports nursing education.

Multiple awards made each year by the School of Nursing.

Frances Emily Gilreath, BSN ’70, Expendable Scholarship Fund was established in 1974 by J. Frank and Betty Gilreath in memory of their daughter Frances Emily Gilreath.

Frances Emily Gilreath Scholarships are awarded annually to several deserving recipients by the University’s Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.

The Carolyn White London, BSN ’56 and William Lord London, IV, MD ’55 Undergraduate Nursing Merit Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 by Carolyn White London and William Lord London, IV. Carolyn graduated from the UNC School of Nursing in 1956 with a BSN degree. She was a member of the second class of young women to enter the school’s doors, a group accredited with building a foundation for the school and helping it become a national leader in nursing science. On July 14, 1956 Carolyn married Will London, a resident at the Children’s Hospital in Boston. Carolyn joined Will at the hospital as the head nurse of the surgical unit.

Both Carolyn and Will have served as leaders in their home city of Durham and in the state of North Carolina. In 1983, Carolyn organized and served as the first president of the board of directors of the School of Nursing Foundation Inc. She and her fellow classmates continue to stay active in all facets of life here at the School of Nursing. Her leadership and service has helped the foundation build the endowment it holds today. She has held many other positions at UNC and has served numerous organizations in North Carolina.

The scholarship fund goes toward merit-based scholarships for undergraduate students pursuing a BSN degree at the UNC School of Nursing. Selected students should demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, dedication to public service, enthusiasm and strong potential for leadership. Preference is given to students from North Carolina who express an early interest in and passion for nursing as a career choice.

Jane Sox Monroe Endowed Scholarship was established in 1994 by Jane Sox Monroe, BSN ’56, and W. Paul Monroe of Hickory, NC.

The Jane Sox Monroe Endowed Scholarship is given each year to senior nursing students who demonstrate meritorious achievement in their junior year. Multiple awards are made each year.

Frances Ader Read, BSN ’58, Scholarship was established by Henry Read, a retired development officer from St. Mary’s College in Raleigh, in honor of his wife. Mr. Read makes annual gifts to support this expendable scholarship fund. Mrs. Read is a retired Wake County Health Department nurse.

The Frances Ader Read, BSN ’58, Scholarship is awarded annually by the School of Nursing.

Barbara Hedberg Self, BSN ’57, Endowed Nursing Scholarship
Barbara Hedberg Self graduated in 1957 in the third class of BSN students at UNC Chapel Hill. This vanguard of baccalaureate educated nurses opened the doors for future women and men to develop professionally and provide needed health care to the citizens of our state, especially for those returning from service from WWII and the Korean War.

Barbara holds a special place in the history of the SON as the designer of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Nursing pin, a special accomplishment for any student, but even more so for a sophomore competing with senior and junior nursing students. She has continued her commitment to the School as a leader in alumni involvement and as a strong supporter of the SON Foundation. Her family endowed this scholarship in her honor on the occasion of her 50th class reunion in May 2007.

Ann Pierce Trowbridge Scholarship was established in 1982 by Jo-Anne Trowbridge Martin, BSN ’69, in memory of her mother who was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of 72. She survived 11 months before dying in November 1981.

Jo-Anne said, “My mother always wanted to become a nurse and when I chose a nursing career, she was so proud. I made her dream come true. She was a giving person, and in some small way, I hope her gracious, warmhearted spirit will guide the students who accept her scholarship into the path my mother would have taken.”

In 2002, Jo-Anne converted the expendable scholarship into an endowment as part of the Carolina First Campaign. The fund is awarded by the University’s Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.

The Joe Earle Trowbridge Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Scholarship (pdf) was established in 2008 by Jo-Anne Trowbridge Martin, BSN ’69, in memory and honor of her father.

Trowbridge served in the Army during World War II and spent his career after the war working at Borden Manufacturing Company, a thread and yarn manufacturing company in Goldsboro, N.C. He was the only state instructor credentialed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and he taught other cotton buyers how to classify cotton samples submitted from international sources.

Alice Leora Waalkes Endowed Scholarship was established in 1975 through a bequest from Ms. Waalkes. The Alice Leora Waalkes Endowed Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student based on academic merit.

Katherine Wilson Scholarship Fund was established in 2005 by friends and family in memory of Katherine, BSN ’04, who died at age 28 after a five year battle with small cell lung cancer. Within six months, more than 330 donors had given over $100,000.

This scholarship is awarded bi-annually to an incoming junior nursing student to be used for the junior and senior year. The student will have demonstrated academic merit and overcome a significant obstacle in his or her life.

Martha Holt Windham Scholarship was established in 1981 by Mr. and Mrs. John Holt in memory of their daughter. Martha graduated from high school as valedictorian of her class and entered Carolina in 1972. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau in 1976, and graduated with honors in May 1977. While at UNC, Martha married Calvin Windham. After graduation, she worked in obstetrics and gynecology at NC Memorial Hospital. She died in a car accident on June 27, 1977, while driving home to Broadway, NC, to visit family.

Multiple annual awards are made by the University’s Office of Scholarship and Student Aid.