MSN Scholarships

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Below are details of the scholarships available to MSN students.

The Dr. Bobby and Mrs. Margaret Ferguson Raynor Scholarship for Psychiatric-Mental Health Graduate Nursing Education was established in 2011 by Dr. Bobby Raynor and Margaret Raynor, BSN ’67 for students who seek to complete graduate study in the field of psychiatric mental health nursing.

It is fitting that Dr. and Mrs. Raynor, have chosen to invest in psychiatric mental health nursing education at her alma mater.  Margaret Ferguson Raynor, BSN, M.Ed., RN, has spent most of her professional career, over 40 years, serving the people of North Carolina and the mental health system as a nurse leader at Dorothea Dix Hospital in Raleigh, NC.  During her tenure at Dorothea Dix Hospital she taught psychiatric nursing to diploma student nurses, coordinated the psychiatric clerkship for the UNC medical students who came to the hospital, coordinated the hospital staff development and medical education program, served as acting director of the standards department and provided consultation and direct patient care for selected patients.  She was also involved for many years as the nurse representative on Coalition for Persons Disabled for Mental Illness,  looking at patient rights and advocacy issues. 

 Mrs. Raynor has served the School and the University she loves with distinction, as a director and president of the School of Nursing Foundation, Inc. (for two terms); as a member of the UNC Chapel Hill Board of Visitors, as a Dental Foundation of North Carolina, Inc., executive committee member, and General Alumni Association Board member.

            “The School of Nursing means a lot to me,” she says.  “I received an excellent foundation in the sciences, the wisdom to provide compassionate care to patients, and the strong clinical skills to practice nursing.  The friendships I made at the School are life-long and I cherish them.  The work we do as nurses have no greater purpose in life and the school deserves all the support we are able to give.”

Margaret is passionate about patients and loved teaching students.  Her parents instilled in her the value of education, the importance of being loyal to the universities that provided grounding and livelihood, and for giving back.  Her parents were great role models, supported their alma mater, were family-oriented, and gave their children the spirit to reach higher and achieve.

As a member of the Class of 1967, Margaret and her classmates shared the common experience of living in the nurses’ dormitory.  This experience shaped lifelong friendships that endured over time.  

Margaret and her husband, Dr. Bobby C. Raynor, DDS, actively supported the School of Nursing during the landmark Carolina First Campaign.  As president of the SON Foundation, Inc. during that time, Margaret was instrumental in inspiring others to make gifts that helped the school exceed its campaign goals.

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 Graduate Scholarship was created as part of a bequest left to the School of Nursing by Mrs. Yolande Beerstecher in 2009. The bequest was added to the already established scholarship created 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.”

Support for undergraduate and graduate students are made possible through the generosity and thoughtfulness of the Beerstecher family. Awards are made by the School of Nursing Office of Admissions and Student Services.

The Jimmie Butts Family Nurse Practitioner Scholarship was established in 1996 by Virginia Sall, wife of SAS co-founder John Sall, in honor of Jimmie Butts, who established the SAS Institute health center and who was an early graduate of the SON Family Nurse Practitioner certificate program.

The Jimmie Butts Family Nurse Practitioner Scholarship is awarded to multiple recipients each year.

Elizabeth Scott Carrington Award is an endowed scholarship fund that provides support to graduate students who “display exceptional qualities of ability, scholarship, integrity and perseverance.” Mrs. Carrington, a nurse anesthetist and extraordinary public servant, was instrumental in securing the financial and legislative support to establish the SON, raising the funds to build Carrington Hall. Her niece, Nancy Scott Fuller, a director of the SON Foundation, Inc., stewards the fund. These awards are made annually by the School of Nursing.

Mona Louise Currie RN to MSN Scholarship provides support to students who enroll in an intensive, multi-year program designed to assist registered nurses to obtain their master’s degree. This award is also available to RN to BSN 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.

Kellett Long Term Care Nursing Scholarship Fund was established in 1991 by Samuel B. Kellett, BSBU ’67. Mr. Kellett, an Atlanta businessman, is president and owner of a national nursing home management company that operates long-term health care facilities. He funded the scholarship because he was acutely aware of the critical challenge facing the long-term care industry and the shortage of professional nurses in the field.

The Kellett Long Term Care Nursing Scholarship provides support that encourages the development of nurses dedicated to skilled nursing care and issues of aging. Awards are made each year by the School of Nursing.

Linda Matthews Endowed Scholarship was established in 1985 by the BSN Class of 1967 in honor of their classmate Linda Matthews. After graduating from Carolina, Linda and her husband joined the Peace Corps and were sent to Afghanistan. When they returned, she worked at Wake County Health Department and volunteered leading a Girl Scout troup at the School for the Blind before moving to Florida. Linda died from breast cancer in 1985, one day before her 40 th birthday.

The Linda Matthews Endowed Scholarship is available to graduate students involved in oncology nursing.

Thomas L. Norris, Jr. and Jane S. Norris Scholarship endowment provides support to master’s degree students with an interest in women’s health. Annual selection and disbursement is made at the discretion of the Dean of Nursing. Jane Norris is a 1956 graduate of the SON. She and her husband, Tom, met as undergraduates at Carolina.

Wachovia Scholarship to Build and Reinvest in Communities supports graduate students who wish to pursue careers in rural, underserved communities. The Wachovia Foundation established this scholarship to encourage economic development through healthy communities by investing in nursing education to support and recruit students to practice among vulnerable, at-risk populations. “As community-based practitioners, nurses unleash tremendous potential to assess the impact of poverty and to implement and evaluate interventions with full participation of households and communities, enabling people to have greater access to employment, social services, skills training, and credit and loans,” said SON Dean Linda Cronenwett. This annual award is made by the School of Nursing.

The John and Lucy Wagoner Graduate Nursing Scholarship Fund will be awarded to graduate nursing students of merit, with special emphasis on the aging population and patient, women’s health issues, and living with cancer. Preference will also be given to a recipient who is a North Carolinian or who plans to practice in a North Carolina community.

Dr. P. Kay Wagoner, BSN ’70, MSN ’78 and her husband Dr. Kenneth N. May, Jr. have established The John and Lucy Wagoner Graduate Nursing Scholarship Fund to honor Dr. Wagoner’s parents, who sent three daughters through the School of Nursing. Both John and Lucy are North Carolina natives who grew up in farming families and reside in Alamance County. Recognizing the value of education and the quality of instruction at UNC-Chapel Hill, they provided the financial support and encouragement necessary for their three daughters, P. Kay Wagoner, Margaret Wagoner Gilliam and Jackie Wagoner Disher, to graduate from the SON. All three have also gone on to advance their education in differing areas of practice. Mirroring the support given by her parents, Dr. Wagoner, along with her family, will provide the means to help future nursing students achieve their goals.

Pamela McClure Wichmann, MSN ’99, Memorial Scholarship
Pam Wichmann served willingly and effectively as a clinical preceptor to nurse practitioner students, always able to teach students the art of blending nursing and medical skills by her outstanding role modeling. Pam always stepped forward to precept nurse practitioner students in any capacity, and the School of Nursing at UNC Chapel Hill was fortunate that she was so willing to share her knowledge and expertise with its graduate students. In 2005, Pam Wichmann was recognized by the faculty as Preceptor of the Year. A faculty member who was with Pam said that Pam felt this was one of the most important events of her life, because she appreciated teaching students and being recognized by her alma mater (MSN ’99) for excellence.

When Pam died as a result of an automobile accident in October 2007, her husband, Bernard Wichmann, established this scholarship in her memory as a tribute to Pam’s exceptional nursing, the care she gave, and for the education she received. The endowment supports a student pursuing the MSN with an Advance Practice concentration in women’s and/or family health.