Memorial Endowment Scholarships
Andrea E. Higham Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Established by Johnson & Johnson
Andrea E. Higham was a passionate, driven advocate for nurses and the nursing profession during her many years at Johnson & Johnson, notably in launching and leading the Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing’s Future from 2002 to 2017.
The focus of the campaign was inspiring more people to join the profession, and it provided millions of
dollars in grants, scholarships, education and training, mentoring, platforms and advertising to elevate and support nursing.
A key element of Andrea’s work was establishing a long-term partnership with the Foundation of the National Student Nurses Association, raising over
$15 million to support scholarships and grants for students, educators and schools of nursing.
She placed high importance on nursing education, and making it accessible.
Assunta Paolillo Scholarship
Dr. Diane J. Mancino, Family and Friends
Named in memory of a beloved family member, the Assunta Paolillo Scholarship fund will support future nursing students.
Thomas H. Edwards Endowed Scholarship Fund
Dr. Robert V. Piemonte
For many years, Thomas Edwards served the National Student Nurses Association in various roles including Career Center Webmaster. He was an exceptional colleague and friend and his memory lives on through this scholarship fund.
Dion Scholarship for Nursing Informatics in Memory of
Dr. Kenneth Dion
The Dion Scholarship for Nursing Informatics was established in 2008 by Dr. Kenneth Dion in recognition of his mother's passion for and contribution to the nursing profession. Graduating from the Bayonne Hospital School of Nursing her career in nursing has spanned over 50 years. She was the inspiration for Dr. Dion to pursue a career in nursing. The Dion Scholarship is awarded annually to a promising nursing student interested in pursuing a career in nursing informatics.
MetroSquared Foundation Scholarship Endowment
Established by MetroSquared Foundation, Inc.
Created in memory of Terri Tonsetic, RN, this endowment honors the life and legacy of a wonderful nurse who changed the many lives that she touched. Her husband, James Sagan tells us that “Terri was a great example of someone who really lived her work, had a strong work ethic and everything she did was a reflection of who she was and where she came from.
Her stamina, strength, great humor, and compassion were always admired by colleagues, friends and family. She always took pride in coming from a blue collar working family from Pittsburgh.”
MetroSquared Foundation Scholarship Endowment will fund scholarships for nursing students who meet criteria set forth by Terri’s family.
Frances Tompkins Scholarship Fund, In Memory of Frances Tompkins
From 1968-1969, Florence Huey had the privilege of serving as NSNA President with the assistance of Frances Tompkins, NSNA’s first Executive Director. For seventeen years, Frances Tompkins guided nursing students in making policy that reflected what nursing students felt were important issues in nursing and in healthcare.
Frances Tompkins’ leadership enabled NSNA to become the organization it is today, a respected organization that provides the opportunities and skills for student nurses to advance into the profession as strong leaders. This endowment honors the groundbreaking efforts of Frances Tompkins and the legacy that she leaves behind for many years to come.
Dr. Robert V. Piemonte Memorial Endowed Scholarship
The Foundation of the FNSNA
Robert V. Piemonte, EdD, RN, CAE, FAAN, was a highly esteemed professional leader and former Executive Director of the National Student Nurses Association, from 1985-1996. Dr. Piemonte was devoted to mentoring and encouraging nurse colleagues and students.
His commitment to excellence in the profession and tireless, pervasive professional leadership were recognized in such awards as: Teachers College Nursing Education R. Louise McManus Medal; National Student Nurses Association Honorary Member; the New York State Nurses Association Honorary Recognition Award; the Foundation of New York Nurses Driscoll Award; and the Nurses House Dolphin Award.
In 2008, Dr. Piemonte received the designation as a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing and, in 2014, he was inducted into the American Nurses Association Hall of Fame, considered to be the highest honor in the nursing profession.
Eileen Bowden Memorial Scholarship Endowment
Dr. Kenneth Dion and Tom Grant
As a nursing student, Dr. Dion recognized the benefits of joining the NSNA. He served as the President of the FNSNA Board of Trustees 2010-2013. Supporting the future of Nursing Informatics is at the core of the Dion Scholarship for Nursing Informatics and the Decision Critical Nursing Informatics Scholarship.
The Eileen Bowden Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Eileen Bowden, RN. Ms. Bowden, a school nurse in Santa Clara, California. When called to save the life of her colleague, she sprang into action immediately. After administering CPR to her colleague, Ms. Bowden collapsed and later died. On that fateful day, she proved through her actions that nursing was not only a career but a calling. Her legacy will live on in this scholarship endowment to support nursing students interested in serving their communities.
Cheryl K. Schmidt Scholarship Endowment,
In Memory of Helen S. Klouzal, RN
Dr. Cheryl K. Schmidt
As a longtime supporter of the NSNA and the FNSNA, Dr. Schmidt honors the memory of her mother, Helen S. Klouzal, RN through this endowment.
Helen Schnauber Klouzal graduated from the House of Good Samaritan School of Nursing in Watertown, NY. She then spent a year at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in NY, NY, learning how to teach. She then returned to House of Good Samaritan, and was their first clinical faculty. She taught Cadet Nurses there to serve during WWII.
The Robert G. Hess Jr. PhD, RN, FAAN and
Evamaria Eskin, MD, MPH
Endowment in memory of
Robert G. Hess III
Robert G Hess Jr. PhD, RN, FAAN and Evamaria Eskin, MD, MPH
The Robert G Hess Jr. PhD, RN, FAAN and Evamaria Eskin, MD, MPH endowment was established in memory of Robert G. Hess III, who died while serving in the US Coast Guard.
If you would like to establish an endowment for a loved one or honor/memory of a nurse please contact Lauren Sperle, FNSNA Staff Specialist at email@example.com.