Scholarship Recipients and Donors Give Thanks

“Saint Luke’s College saved my life,” said Director of RN-BSN Track and Assistant Professor Beth Cita, MSN, RN. “I had four children and was working as a waitress when I decided to go back to school,” she said, “without the scholarships, I wouldn’t have been able to complete my nursing degree.” 

Beth spoke to a full house during the Scholarship Reception on Monday evening November 7, 2016. The Scholarship Reception honors students who have received a scholarship from a living donor and the donors who make these scholarships possible.

“It’s an excellent opportunity for students to meet the generous donors and for donors to hear what a difference their gifts make in the lives of these students,” said Director of Development Dr. Melody Messner.

Students received $284,000 in College scholarships in 2016 alone. “These dollars are essential if students are to be successful in our rigorous program,” said Melody.

Many students also receive scholarships from outside donors. One program out of Wichita, Kansas, Marsha’s Angels has funded three Saint Luke’s College students in the past several years. Last year’s recipient of the scholarship, Melissa Hodges gave a heartfelt talk about what the scholarship has meant to her. “Marsha’s Angels is like a family and I am so humbled by their generosity and what it has meant to me and my family,” she said.

 Marsha’s Angels Scholarship Fund was created to honor Marsha Ann Yarnell. Marsha was a 1971 graduate of the College and worked for 30 years in nursing. Her spouse, Dick Yarnell created the scholarship to honor Marsha and assists nursing students who show her same love for helping others and for quality patient care. Marsha’s Angels give scholarships to students from six Kansas counties and Saint Luke’s College.

“The idea came to me not long after Marsha’s passing,” said Dick. “I wanted to give back in some way that honored her memory.” Dick and his wife Nancy attended, spoke, and assisted with the event.