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About the Fund

Amanda Womble (L) and Katherine Wilson (R)

The Katherine Wilson Scholarship Fund is a lasting tribute to SON alumna Katherine Wilson, who graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Katherine overcame huge obstacles to earn the BSN while she fought a five-year battle with small cell lung cancer. She died at age 28 in 2005. (Katherine was not a smoker.) The Fund, created and driven by The Friends of Katherine Wilson, first aimed to raise $100,000. Friends and family members wanted to remember Katherine by providing undergraduate nursing students with the opportunity to pursue a career in nursing, Katherine’s chosen profession.

The Fund has grown to over $200,000, and awards scholarships each year. Based upon the wishes of Katherine and her family, the merit-based scholarship will be awarded to students who exemplify high academic achievement, desire to pursue a nursing career in end of life issues or oncology, and have overcome a significant obstacle in their lives. All ABSN and BSN students are eligible to apply. Applications are due in spring of each year and are available online.

For questions about the scholarship application process, contact Deanna Wilkie, Director of Alumni and Donor Relations at or Kathy Moore, Assistant Dean of the Office of Student Affairs at Kathy Moore or (919) 966-4280.