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College of Health Sciences Scholarships

Maurice M. Burkholder Scholarship

Dr. Maurice BurkholderThe Dr. Maurice Burkholder Scholarship was established in 1990. Dr. Maurice Burkholder was a retired physician who specialized in internal medicine and oncology. He was a charter member of the University/Community Health Sciences Association and its predecessor, the Advisory Council of the School of Health Sciences, since 1972. Dr. Burkholder served as Chief of Staff of both Saint Alphonsus and St. Luke’s Regional Medical Centers and President of the Ada County Medical Society. He was active in a number of community boards and committees dealing with health care. Dr. Burkholder died peacefully on January 13, 2009, at the age of 93.

Victor Duke Scholarship

Victor DukeThe Victor Duke Scholarship was established in 1985. Dr. Victor Duke was the first dean of the College of Health Sciences. He started his professional career as a pharmacist, taught at the University of New Mexico and the University of Montana before assuming the dean position at Boise State. He came to Boise State in 1972, where he was instrumental in organizing the College of Health Science, serving the growing needs of the area’s hospitals and other health care providers. Under his direction, the College of Health Sciences expanded to include six departments. All of the programs received professional accreditation under his guidance.

Dorothy and Franklin B. Jeppesen, M.D. Memorial Scholarship

The Jeppesen family established the Franklin B. Jeppesen Memorial Scholarship in 1982. Dr. Jeppesen was among the first urologists in Idaho. He helped form almost every professional medical association and program in the state, including an eight state organization that was the forerunner of the American Medical Association and the Boise Chapter of American College of Surgeons. He was also the Chief of Staff at both major hospitals in Boise and the Idaho Physician of the Year in 1977.

Robert and Kathy Kustra Health Sciences Scholarship

Robert and Kathy KustraThe Robert and Kathy Kustra Health Sciences Scholarship was established in the fall of 2003 by the College of Health Sciences in honor of the inauguration of Dr. Robert Kustra as President of Boise State University. The award rotates among the Departments of Community and Environmental Health, Radiologic Sciences, and Respiratory Care.

Kristen and Aaron Messmer Health Sciences Scholarship

Aaron and Kristen MessmerThe Kristen and Aaron Messmer Health Sciences Scholarship was envisioned in 2002 by their parents, Joe and Marcie Messmer, as a tribute to their children. The Messmers made subsequent contributions to the fund to reach the endowment level. Preference is given to students who graduated from Skyview High or other Canyon County schools.

President Charles and Sally Ruch Inaugural Health Science Scholarship

The President Charles and Sally Ruch Inaugural Health Science Scholarship was established by the College of Health Sciences in 1994 as recognition of the appointment of Dr. Charles Ruch as the fifth president of Boise State University. Dr. and Mrs. Ruch have both led active careers in higher education.


Department of Community and Environmental Health, School of Allied Health Sciences

Dr. Helen Beeman Altrusa Memorial Scholarship

An endowed scholarship in memory of the late Dr. Helen Beeman was established by the Altrusa Club in 1990. Dr. Beeman was a pathologist at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. She was a pioneer in the field of nuclear diagnostic medicine and was a founder of Treasure Valley Laboratory, Inc., in Boise. Dr. Beeman was honored as an emeritus fellow of the College of American Pathologists. She retired from the practice of medicine in 1982, but continued to consult with Boise area attorneys in medically-related litigation. Dr. Beeman was a member of the Altrusa Club of Boise and served as its president from 1969 to 1971. In 1981, she received the Club’s Woman of Achievement Award. Dr. Beeman was also a supporter of numerous professional, community and political organizations. She died in August 1989 in Boise.

Dentist and Physician Alumni Scholarship

Established in 1994, this fund was created by Micheal J. Adcox, M.D. Dr. Adcox was serving as chair of the scholarship committee for the Boise State University Alumni Association and realized that there was little in the way of scholarship assistance directed toward those pursuing careers in allopathic medicine or dentistry. He wrote to a number of Treasure Valley dental and medical professionals and asked for their contributions to build this scholarship fund. It continues to provide financial assistance for the College’s Pre‐Professional medical and dental students.

Robert DesAulniers Memorial Scholarship

Robert DesAulniersThe Robert DesAulniers Scholarship was established by his wife, Elizabeth, and Central District Health Department in 1989. Robert DesAulniers was actively involved in the public health of Idaho’s citizens for 21 years. He spent 14 years as Personnel Director of Health and Welfare, and Interim Director of the Idaho State School and Hospital. In 1979, he became the Director of Central District Health Department and served for seven years until his retirement. Mr. DesAulniers is best remembered by the staff at Central District Health Department as a man who enjoyed people and cared deeply about those less fortunate. He also enjoyed the outdoors and participated on various boards and committees that promoted a high quality of life.

Jim and Georgia Girvan Master of Health Science Scholarship

Georgia and Jim GirvanThis Graduate Program Scholarship was started in 2001 by Jim and Georgia Girvan to provide financial assistance to a student enrolled in the Master of Health Science Program. Dr. Girvan served as Dean of the College of Health Sciences through Academic Year 2009-2010 and is now faculty emeritus. Ms. Girvan directed the Idaho Regional Alcohol Drug Awareness Resources (RADAR) Network Center that dispenses information on preventing tobacco use, alcohol and other drug use or abuse through Academic Year 2009-2010 and is now staff emeritus.

The Pat Kemper Health Informatics & Information Management Scholarship

The Pat Kemper Health Informatics & Information Management Scholarship was established in 2006 in honor of the late Pat Kemper. Pat began her career in health care while serving in the Women’s Army Corps during the 1950’s where she was trained as a medic. In the early 1960’s, Pat returned to Boise and began working for St. Luke’s Hospital in the medical records department before being promoted to director of the department in 1968. Pat then spent a few years traveling Idaho as a medical records reviewer for a government contractor before returning to St. Luke’s as Director of Medical Records for Mountain States Tumor Institute where she remained until her retirement in 1993. Pat will be remembered for her zest for life and dedication to the health care profession.

Mulder Partners for Health Scholarship

Carol Mulder and her mother, Alba Marie White, established this scholarship to assist students in the Graduate Program in the College of Health Sciences.

William Nolan Memorial Scholarship

The family established the William Nolan Scholarship in 1978 after William’s death from an automobile accident. William Nolan was a 1973 Boise State University graduate in environmental health. He worked for the Central District Health Department as an Environmental Specialist and was a strong advocate for environmental quality and environmental health. Because of his sense of humor, he was very effective in working with people on environmental issues.

The Jim Plumtree Pre-Occupational Therapy Scholarship

The Jim Plumtree Pre-Occupational Therapy Scholarship was established by Mr. Bill ‘Action’ Jackson, founder of the John William Jackson Fund. The fund is established in memory of Jim Plumtree, a close family friend of Virgi, Ben and Sam Blaine (JWJF Officers) who was an outstanding therapist.

Dr. Charles and Diane Robertson Scholarship

The Dr. Charles and Dianne H. Robertson Scholarship was established in 2005 by James and Georgia Girvan as the Dean’s Scholarship for Community and Environmental Health. In 2007, the name of the scholarship was officially changed to recognize and honor the Robertsons.

Dianne Robertson was born in Hammet, Idaho and graduated from Glenns Ferry High School. She received her Master of Social Work degree from Smith College in 1988 and joined the Boise State Social Work faculty in 1989. Mrs. Robertson maintained a private practice in clinical social work from 1988 to 2000.

Charles (Chuck) Robertson was born in Gooding, Idaho. He attended the University of Idaho and earned his M.D. from Washington University. Dr. Robertson was a ward medicine intern at Barnes Hospital, completed his diagnostic radiology residency at the Mallinckrodt Institute, and served at the U.S. Navy Hospital in Taipei. Dr. Robertson was with the Boise Radiology Group. He was an instructor in radiology at Harvard University at Massachusetts General Hospital, and was also a Boise State volunteer faculty for the College of Health Sciences Pre‐Medicine Program.

Dr. William Venning Health Sciences Honors Scholarship

Dr. William VenningThe Dr. William Venning Health Sciences Honors Scholarship was established in 2003. Dr. Venning received his medical degree from Duke University and began his career in hospitals in the eastern United States. In 1956, he joined the St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center staff in Boise. Dr. Venning’s specialty was in pediatric medicine with a focus on allergies. Before his retirement, he was very active in regional and national boards of medicine. In Idaho and surrounding states, his peers recognized him as a leader in pediatric medicine. He retired from the St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center medical staff in 1984 after almost 44 years of health care service.

Venning Pre-Medicine Scholarship

Dr. William VenningThe Venning Pre‐Med Scholarship was established by Dr. William Venning in 1989 to support pre‐medical students. Dr. Venning received his medical degree from Duke University and began his career in hospitals in the eastern United States. In 1956, he joined the St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center staff in Boise. Dr. Venning’s specialty was in pediatric medicine with a focus on allergies. Before his retirement, he was very active in regional and national boards of medicine. In Idaho and surrounding states, his peers recognized him as a leader in pediatric medicine. He retired from the St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center medical staff in 1984 after almost 44 years of health care service.

The Ada County Medical Society/Lisa K. Warren Memorial Medical Information Scholarship

The Ada County Medical Society/Lisa K. Warren Memorial Medical Information Scholarship was established in 1984. Lisa K. Warren was a Boise State graduate as well as a graduate of the St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center School of Medical Technology. She worked as a medical technologist for eight years prior to her death which occurred after a very short battle with cancer.

Francis T. Wassler Pre-Med Scholarship

This Scholarship was established in 1995 as the Ronald Wassler Pre‐Med Scholarship by his mother, Frances T. Wassler. At Frances’ passing in 2004 the family requested a change in the name to honor Frances’ memory.

The Frank Wong Scholarship

The Frank Wong Scholarship was established in 1988 by Eagle resident Frank Wong. Frank’s will stated that the money be held for 25 years to gain interest before being awarded to pre-med students. The scholarship was first awarded in the fall of 2013.


Department of Kinesiology, School of Allied Health Sciences

The Axiom Fitness Scholarship

The Axiom Fitness Scholarship was established in 2015 by Axiom Fitness. Axiom Fitness wishes to provide scholarship support for kinesiology students participating in an internship at any of Treasure Valley’s Axiom Fitness locations. The internship exposes students to the highest level of personal fitness training which fulfills a critical requirement in their education and professional training.

The Gene Cooper Memorial Scholarship

The Gene Cooper Memorial Scholarship was established in 1979 in honor of the late Gene Cooper. Gene was a letterman in football and basketball at Albion State Normal School and a 2-year letterman at the University of Utah. He was named all-conference and honorable mention All-American in football. Gene started his teaching and coaching career at Buhl High School in 1939. He later coached in high schools at Hagerman, Glenns Ferry, and La Grande, Ore. He was director of physical education and a coach at Southern Idaho College of Education and West Minister College in Salt Lake City. In 1955 he moved to Boise and became a coach at Boise High before moving back to Salt Lake to teach at Olympus High School. He then headed the Department of Physical Education at Willamette University and ended his career as chairman of the Department of Physical Education at Boise State University.

The Health Promotion Scholarship

The Health Promotion Scholarship was established in 2007 by Kinesiology faculty member Dr. Caile Spear and her husband Glen Walker.

The John William Jackson Fund Kinesiology Scholarship

The John William Jackson Fund Kinesiology Scholarship was established by Mr. Bill ‘Action’ Jackson, founder of the John William Jackson Fund.

The Dr. Ross Vaughn Presidential Endowed Scholarship for Kinesiology

The Dr. Ross Vaughn Presidential Endowed Scholarship for Kinesiology was established to honor Dr. Vaughn. Dr. Vaughn served Boise State University for 40 years in a variety of roles, including associate dean, department chair, faculty member, mentor, advisor, coach, and colleague to thousands of students and hundreds of faculty members.


School of Nursing

Ada County Medical Society Nursing Scholarship

Ada County Medical Society logoThe Ada County Medical Nursing Scholarship was established in 1984 by the Ada County Medical Society. The mission of the Ada County Medical Society is to help promote doctors to the community, provide continuing education in the health care community, and to give back to the community.

Fermin and Regina Aldecoa Scholarship

Fermin and Regina AldecoaMrs. Aldecoa’s background is in nursing as a 1940 graduate of Saint Alphonsus and a graduate anesthetist. The Aldecoa’s are very aware of the impending shortage of nurses and wanted to do something to help the effort to educate more nurses.

The Frances (Pat) Amis Nursing Scholarship

: The Frances (Pat) Amis Nursing Scholarship was established in 2011 to help a worthy student pursue nurse education, with preference given to veterans of U.S. military service. Pat Amis was herself a veteran of World War II, serving from February 1943 to April 1945. After earning her RN degree in Philadelphia, Pat enlisted in the United States Army Nurse Corps and served in England, France and Belgium. During that time, she met Charles W. Amis, and they became the first American service people to be married in Paris at war’s end. While raising her three children, Pat earned her BS and MS degrees, and later became a certified practitioner in Bach Flower Remedy and Therapeutic Touch. After her children were grown, Pat resumed her nursing career, working in California and Idaho into her mid-70’s. Pat’s daughters, Rebecca Olson and Amy Blickenstaff, established the Scholarship to honor her lifelong commitment to learning and caring for others.

Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health Nursing Scholarship

Blue Cross of Idaho logoIn keeping with its mission of promoting health and wellness, the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health established an endowed nursing scholarship at Boise State University in 2004. The donation was matched with funds from the Boise Industrial Foundation to create the nursing scholarship. Gary Dyer, Vice Chairman for the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health, was instrumental in securing the scholarship gift. As Board Chair of the Friends of Nursing, he wanted to ensure that the donation from the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation had a positive impact on the health and wellness of all Idaho residents.

Dorothy Helen Bostwick Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Dorothy Helen BostwickThe Dorothy Helen Bostwick Nursing Scholarship was established by Barbara Bostwick in 1993 as a memorial for her mother who died in 1991. Barbara Bostwick, a Registered Nurse, established the scholarship because she knew her mother took great pride in her own profession as a Licensed Vocational Nurse. Her mother was a great believer in education and encouraged her children and grandchildren to continue their education past high school.

Emma Bowen and Violet Moore Endowed Scholarship

Emma Bowen and Violet MooreThe Emma Bowen and Violet Moore Scholarship was established in 2004 by Gordon Bowen. Mr. Bowen wanted to memorialize his wife Emma and dear friend Violet and at the same time benefit undergraduate students in the School of Nursing. Gordon, a Boise Junior College alumnus, and his daughter Mary Thode, created this endowment as a legacy in perpetuity.

Neal A. and Dorothy Jedlick Broyles Nursing Scholarship

Neal BroylesThe Broyles Scholarship was established in 2003 by the widowed Dorothy Broyles. She wanted to provide for Idaho residents who are juniors or seniors enrolled in the Nursing Program at Boise State. A lifelong resident of Boise, Dorothy wanted to memorialize her husband who had been with the Boise Police Department. Dorothy died in November 2009.

Anna and Blanche Chaney Nursing Scholarship

Sisters Anna and Blanche Chaney grew up on a central Idaho family ranch. Both were graduates of St. Margaret’s School in Boise and then St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing. Blanche worked for the Veterans Administration until her induction into the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in 1943. She served in England during WWII. Following her 1946 discharge, she worked in California. After returning to Boise, she worked for many years as a nurse for the Pittenger Medical Clinic. This scholarship was established by their nephew, Phil Chaney, to honor their memories and the profession they both loved.

The Beverly J. Crawford Endowed Scholarship for Nursing

The Beverly J. Crawford Endowed Scholarship for Nursing was established in 2014. Mrs. Crawford observed many non-traditional students returning to the university with a goal of gaining skills that would enhance their employment prospects. It was abundantly clear to her that many (particularly women) were re-entering school after a change in personal circumstances as evidenced by the appearance of being overwhelmed by the changes occurring in their lives. This scholarship is intended to provide assistance to a student in hopes that additional education will enable that person to gain employment or improve their economic status.

The Crim Family Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Sharon CrimThe Crim Family Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established in 1994 by John Crim and family in memory of the late Sharon Crim. Sharon was a caring and compassionate RN. She was a Boise State University graduate and a nursing scholarship recipient. The Crim Family Memorial Scholarship was established to cover the full cost of tuition for a single parent enrolled in the School of Nursing.

Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation Scholarship

Laura Moore CunninghamLaura Moore Cunningham Foundation scholarships were made available in 1990 as a result of a grant from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation. The Board of Directors of the Foundation were designated in 1963 in the will of Laura Moore Cunningham, daughter of C. W. Moore, a Boise pioneer and founder of Idaho First National Bank. The Board of Directors awards grants only to tax-exempt organizations within the State of Idaho to assist, equip, or provide for the maintenance of institutions for the advancement of learning.

Paula Z. Davis Nursing Scholarship

Paula DavisThe Paula Z. Davis Nursing Scholarship was established in June of 2006 in memory of Paula by her husband Perry E. Davis. It is for nursing students with priority consideration given to current employees of both Emerson House in Boise, Idaho and Guardian in Nampa, Idaho. Both these facilities took care of Paula during her final stages of life, and the family was very impressed with the care and compassion of the employees. Paula’s family recognizes the need for educated nurses and wanted to help others toward that goal, especially employees at those firms who want to pursue higher nursing education.

Phyllis DeBois Memorial Nursing Scholarship

The Phyllis DeBois Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established by Dr. Pat Dorman in 1991 in memory of her mother. Dr. Dorman is Professor Emeritus from the Department of Sociology at Boise State University. Mrs. DeBois recognized the great value of higher education. She was an avid reader and very conscious of health issues and nutrition. She taught courses on nutrition and was a member of the Ada County and State of Idaho Homemakers Extension Councils.

Albert & Hazel DeMeyer Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Albert and Hazel DeMeyerThe Albert and Hazel DeMeyer Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established in 1988 by their daughter Joanna “Jody” DeMeyer, RN. Albert and Hazel were partners in the farming and cattle business over a span of sixty years, and developed the Lazy D Ranches located on Cloverdale Road, Blacks Creek, and Big Fiddler. The scholarship was established to give others an opportunity in a profession of which their daughter was proud; and a profession that could help people in the Treasure Valley, where the DeMeyer had lived so long.

Friends of Nursing-DeMeyer Memorial Scholarship

Jody DeMeyerThe Friends of Nursing-DeMeyer Memorial Scholarship was established in 2004 with gifts from current and past members of the Boise State University Friends of Nursing Board. Memorializing the Board’s longtime leader, Jody DeMeyer, was important to the Board in commemorating her dedication to the nursing field.

Jody was a Boise State nursing faculty member in the 1950s and founded Friends of Nursing in 1988, whose mission is to raise scholarships for nursing students at Boise State. Jody also served as VP of Patient Care Services at St. Luke’s and after 16 years of service retired in 1987.

The Downey Family Nursing Scholarship

The Downey Family Nursing Scholarship was established by Drs. Michael and Margaret Downey. Dr. Marty Downey was a celebrated member of the Boise State School of Nursing faculty from 1995 to 2016. She created this scholarship to assist nursing students with the hope that each scholarship recipient will be able to study more, have more time to volunteer, and be less dependent on outside employment.

Wretha Durst Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Top: Wretha Durst in nursing uniform; Wretha Durst later in lifeWretha Elizabeth Stevens Durst was born in 1922 in Hartford, Kansas. As a depression‐era farm girl, she quickly learned the meaning of hard work, sacrifice, life of simple pleasures and caring for one’s family and neighbors. She carried these early childhood principles with her throughout her life. Wretha never had wealth that could be counted, but her treasure chest was, nonetheless, overflowing. Her riches were measured by the hundreds of people – young and old – for whom she showed compassion. Wretha was a nurse’s aid at the V.A. Hospital in the early 1940’s, before her marriage to Harry Durst. When she was widowed in 1962, at age 38 (and with five children), Wretha returned to her life’s calling. She learned to drive a car and was hired to work in Labor and Delivery at St. Alphonsus Hospital from the early 1960’s to the mid‐1970’s. Wretha aspired to take her career further, by becoming an LPN, but financial circumstances prevented her from achieving that dream. It is her family’s fondest hope that with this scholarship, many nurses will attain their dreams and embody Wretha’s legacy of kindness, caring and compassion for all.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion…” Dalai Lama

Frances and Roy Ellsworth Nursing Scholarship

Frances and Roy EllsworthFrances and Roy Ellsworth established their nursing scholarship in 2009. Frances has an interior design business in Boise and Roy is a retired ophthalmologist. Both Frances and Roy have been involved with the Saint Alphonsus Foundation and assisted with their capital campaign from 2001-2005. Roy chairs Saint Alphonsus Project Haiti Board which provides health care to impoverished Haitians and is a member of the Friends of Nursing Board at Boise State University. They both feel that investing in access to excellent health care and education is the best investment they can make.

Betty M. Fish Nursing Scholarship

The Betty M. Fish Nursing Scholarship was established by Betty Fish in her will upon her death in 1995. When the estate was settled in 1998, Betty’s brother, Walter Young, officially designated the criteria for this scholarship to Friends of Nursing.

Kathleen Carrigan Good Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Kathleen GoodThe Kathleen Carrigan Good Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established in 1987 in memory of Kathleen by her husband, Arnold. Kathleen graduated from Saint Alphonsus Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as an RN at Saint Alphonsus Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, and hospitals in Kentucky, Wisconsin, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. She helped organize and direct the first hospital volunteer services in Idaho and was chairman of the first Idaho Disaster Committee. Kathleen served on the Board of the American Red Cross and the Red Cross Blood Committee and organized the first Candy Striper program in Idaho. Arnold served on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Nursing until his death in 2003. Their children continue to support this scholarship in support of nursing education.

Anna Budge Graham Nursing Scholarship

Anna Naser Budge GrahamAnna Naser Budge Graham was born on a ranch north of Fairfield. After high school, in 1943, she entered nurse’s training during World War II at St. Luke’s Hospital, where she studied and worked 6-1/2 days a week. After graduating and passing the State Boards, she was hired at St. Luke’s Hospital. In 1953, she married Dr. Bruce Budge. Along with his private practice, Dr. Budge taught at Boise State and was also the Boise State athletic team doctor for many years. They had one daughter, Ann, who studied pharmacology in college, but passed away at age 22. In 1987, fifteen years after Dr. Budge passed away, Anna married Idaho native Chester Graham who also grew up in Fairfield. He passed away in 2001. The Anna Budge Graham Nursing Scholarship was established in 2000 through the generosity of Chester and Anna Graham.

Luella Glasgow Hendryx Scholarship

Luella Glasgow HendryxLuella Glasgow Hendryx graduated from Buhl High School in 1923 and married Odus J. Glasgow in 1925. She worked with her husband in the tire distribution business. They purchased a distribution center and moved to Boise in 1934. They retired in 1958 and Mr. Glasgow passed away a few years later. In 1982, Luella and James W. Hendryx married. Luella was very active in the community. She held leadership positions in many groups including The Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, All Saints Episcopal Church Guild, PEO Sisterhood and Jobs Daughters. Luella passed away in December 2002.

Mary M. Hopkins Memorial Nursing Scholarship

As a memorial to his wife, Evan J. Hopkins established the Mary M. Hopkins Memorial Nursing Scholarship in 1999. Their three sons, one daughter, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons attended Boise Junior College, Boise State College and Boise State University.

Idaho Association of Nurse Anesthetists Scholarship

This scholarship was created in May 2007 by members of the Idaho Association of Nurse Anesthetists. At its annual state convention here in Boise, the association presented a check to Boise State University. The fund is earmarked for those interested in pursuing a career as a nurse anesthetist.

Margaret Graham Iseli Nursing Endowment

Margaret Graham IseliMargaret Graham Iseli completed nurse’s training at Multnomah County Hospital in Portland, Oregon in 1933. She served in the Army Nurse’s Corp and served in WWII in France and North Africa. After her discharge from the service, Margaret moved with her husband to Bend, Oregon, raised her daughter, Kirsten, and worked in many realms of nursing for the ensuing 35 years. She taught the first practical nursing program at Central Oregon Community College in Bend and was the first director of the Home Health Agency in Deschutes County in Central Oregon. Her daughter, Kirsten, also became a registered nurse and established this scholarship in 2001 in honor of her mother.

Doris A. Kelly Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Doris KellyThe Doris A. Kelly Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established through her estate in November 1989. Doris was Associate Professor of Nursing at Boise State for 28 years. In her will, she established the scholarship to honor her profession by assisting students in pursuit of nursing careers. Doris obtained a baccalaureate degree from the University of Denver and a Masters of Nursing from the University of Washington. She worked as an office nurse, staff nurse, Army Head Nurse, and as a Public Health Nurse before joining the nursing faculty at Boise State University.

The Lee Kromas Memorial Nursing Scholarship

The Lee Kromas Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established by Mr. Bill ‘Action’ Jackson, founder of the John William Jackson Fund. Action met Lee and Jim in Vietnam in the 1960’s while working for Morrison Knudsen. Years later, Lee and Jim moved to Boise and continued their relationship with Action and his wife Jackie. Action admired Lee’s strength in her battle with cancer. Action dedicates and names this scholarship in honor of Lee and hopes that students who receive it will be committed to patient care and sensitivity.

Jeanne Krull Nursing Scholarship

Jeanne Krull TenhaeffJeanne Krull Tenhaeff graduated from St. Francis Nursing school, Peoria Illinois in 1947 and began her career as a surgical nurse. Stricken with polio in 1952 and having to endure months of rehabilitation, Jeanne, nonetheless, returned to nursing. To Jeanne, nursing was much more than a job. It was, instead, a higher calling, a calling that brought meaning, passion, and a sense of purpose to her life. Jeanne’s love of nursing would never waver and this love and commitment to her profession would continue to sustain her until her death in 1967.

This scholarship, given by Jeanne’s daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Dr. Michael Smith of Boise, seeks to honor Jeanne’s legacy and to support and encourage those students preparing to enter this vital profession, a profession that requires skill, knowledge, and the heartfelt desire to serve others.

Dorothea Kunert Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Dorothea KunertErhardt Kunert established the Dorothea Kunert Memorial Nursing Scholarship in 1992 in memory of his wife. After an active and healthy life as a homemaker and a mother of three daughters, Dorothea died of breast cancer. It was her wish that instead of spending money on funeral expenses, her family would establish a scholarship. Because there are a number of nurses in their family, the Kunerts chose to establish the scholarship for nursing students at Boise State University.

Lucile LeRoy Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Lucile LeRoy Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established by Lucile in 1986 prior to her death. Lucile graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1934 with a Bachelors Degree in Nursing, an exceedingly rare achievement for the 1930’s. Lucile had a genuine love for her profession and wanted to share the opportunity for caring people to become involved. Lucile wanted to make the way easier for those nursing students who need financial help.

Lojek Family Nursing Scholarship

The Lojek Family Nursing Scholarship was established in 1992 by Don and Cecelia Lojek. This award is based upon aptitude for and dedication to the nursing profession, and a desire to concentrate in the specialty of medical/surgical nursing in a hospital setting. Don is a Boise attorney and Cecelia is a Registered Nurse.

Jodie Long and Veronica Loucks Nursing Scholarship

Jodie Long established this scholarship in 2007. It is named for her and her best friend, Veronica “Roni” Loucks. Jodie created this fund as a way of helping students who are struggling financially, to complete their nursing education. She was a very private person who believes that her life had been blessed and this was a way she can give back. Jodie insisted she got a big “high” from being able to do this and that assisting others was “the right thing to do.” Jodie chose nursing education because she credits Roni and other nurses like her with saving her life on more than one occasion. Jodie passed away after a long battle with cancer in April 2009.

The Patricia E. and Clayton C. Morgan, MD Scholarship Fund

The Patricia E. and Clayton C. Morgan, MD Scholarship Fund was established in 2011 to honor a prominent family physician and his wife. Dr. Morgan practiced for over forty-five years in Boise, Idaho. He was recognized by his patients for compassion and his peers for excellence. Dr. Morgan served on numerous medical and community boards over the years, including the Boise State Friends of Nursing. Dr. and Mrs. Morgan believed that nursing scholarships are critical, not only for attracting high performing students with financial need, but also for recognizing leadership and academic performance. Providing students with the opportunity to obtain a degree ultimately helps the profession evolve within a changing healthcare landscape.

Sara Evelyn Morrow Nursing Scholarship

Sara Evelyn MorrowWalter Morrow and his aunt, Vera Marie Morrow, established this scholarship in 2003 in memory of Sara Evelyn, Vera’s daughter. The family thought it very important to help those who are working hard to be successful, including single parents enrolled in the nursing program as juniors or seniors. Sara exemplified those characteristics, and memorializing her in this fashion was befitting.

The H. Patricia and Donald W. Morse Nursing Scholarship

The H. Patricia and Donald W. Morse Nursing Scholarship was established by Theresa (Terri) James, a graduate of Boise State University’s Nursing program. Terri established this scholarship in honor of her parents who were supportive of her aspirations to become a nurse. Terri hopes this scholarship will encourage future nurses to understand and perhaps accept the challenge of meeting the needs of patients in rural and underserved settings.

The John F. Nagel Foundation Nursing Scholarships

Logo for Nagel FoundationThe John F. Nagel Foundation has awarded over $2.5 million in nursing scholarships at Boise State since 1992. The foundation believes nursing is an honorable profession that helps people in the time of their greatest basic need. Scholarships are awarded to Idaho resident students who meet minimum GPA requirements and exhibit leadership skills. The foundation is a memorial to the three-generation Nagel family, who started Nagel Beverage Company in 1895 and owned the Pepsi bottling operations in southwest Idaho until 2009.

Norco I Nursing Scholarship

Norco logoThe Norco Nursing Scholarships were established in the spring of 2006 by Jim Kissler, owner of Norco, and the Kissler Family Foundation to assist students pursuing careers in nursing. Norco is a distributor of medical oxygen and equipment for patient care.

Norco II Nursing Scholarship

Norco logoThe Norco I & II Nursing Scholarships were established to provide financial support for undergraduate nursing students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Mr. Jim Kissler, originator of these scholarship endowments, recognizes the value of a strong, educated nursing force.

Norco III Nursing Scholarship

Norco logoThe Norco III Nursing Scholarship was established in the spring of 2006 by Jim Kissler and the Kissler Family Foundation to assist students pursuing a master’s in nursing degree.

The My Nunguyent and Nguyen Dang Tri Nursing Scholarship

The My Nunguyent and Nguyen Dang Tri Nursing Scholarship was established by Mr. Bill ‘Action’ Jackson, founder of the John William Jackson Fund, in memory of Action’s son John William Jackson and family friends, My Nunguyent and Nguyen Dang Tri. The John William Jackson Fund hopes to capture the enthusiasm, passion, contemplation and enterprise that John exhibited in his individual pursuits during his short life.

School of Nursing Academic Scholarship

Boise State School of Nursing PinThe School of Nursing Academic Scholarship is aligned with our mission to foster intellectual development and excellence in nursing education through teaching, learning, scholarship and service. The scholarship recipient exemplifies stellar academic achievement.

Nursing General Scholarship

Friends of Nursing logoThis scholarship was established by the Friends of Nursing to assist high scholastic students on their pursuit of a Nursing degree. The School of Nursing acknowledges the efforts and contributions of the Friends of Nursing to its students.

Old Coot and Maggie Foundation Nursing Scholarship

The Old Coot and Maggie Foundation Nursing Scholarship was created in December 2009 after the donors attended an event at the new Norco Building. One of the donors was educated as a nurse and has a high regard for the profession. She was impressed with what she saw and heard about the Boise State nursing program. This is her way of supporting future nurses.

Doris Forsberg Olsson Nursing Scholarship

Doris Forsberg OlssonDoris Forsberg Olsson became a registered nurse in 1943. She served as an Army Air Corps flight nurse in the Pacific Theater during WWII. She met her husband in Hawaii at the close of the war, and spent the next two decades raising two children while moving from Air Force base to Air Force base over three continents. In 1966, she resumed her nursing career serving simultaneously as head nurse/supervisor of both ICU and CCU at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tucson until her retirement at age 68. She died in 2000 in St. Joseph’s, cared for lovingly and surrounded by nurses she helped train. This scholarship was established in her memory in 2009 by her son, Carl, daughter-in-law, Pat, and granddaughter, Katherine.

Ed and Jeanne Osborne Nursing Scholarship

Ed and Jeanne OsborneThe Ed and Jeanne Osborne Nursing Scholarship was established in December 2008. Ed was a founding director of Boise State University Friends of Nursing – established in 1988 to help address a nursing shortage. An early goal was to raise $1,000,000 to fund scholarships to help enrollment. This goal has been far exceeded but registered nurses are still in great demand. Steady population growth in Idaho coupled with increased longevity are two major factors. Ed was actively involved in health care as a director of Blue Cross of Idaho, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center and its parent, Holy Cross Health System. Ed and Jeanne wish to help address health quality in Idaho for years to come.

Edmund and Alice Palmatier: Memorial Nursing Scholarship, Graduate Nursing Scholarship, & Honors Nursing Scholarship

Three scholarships are available to nursing students, including one for Honor students and one for students pursuing a graduate degree. The Edmund and Alice Palmatier Memorial Nursing Scholarships were established through Alice’s estate. Alice R. Palmatier (1903 ‐ 1991) and her husband Ed (Edmund) were ranchers who purchased four small acreages of land in the desert southeast of Boise which was used for summer range. The Palmatiers owned this land for about fifty years. Alice worked shoulder to shoulder with Ed and the ranch workers. She was a member of the Idaho Cattle Association Cowbells for many years. The scholarships were established because Alice was impressed with the nursing care given to her husband while he was a patient at the Boise VA Medical Center.

Anna Marie Barnes Payne Memorial Scholarship

Anna Marie Barnes PayneThe Anna Marie Barnes Payne Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established in 1993. Mrs. Payne was born in 1923 in Seattle, Washington. She had dreamed of being a nurse, but after the war she married, moved to California, and began raising a family of five children. Anna worked in California as a medical assistant and remained in that profession throughout her working life. She did anything she could to ensure that her children were raised to value education. Anna’s children have gone on to flourish with that value for education, which was instilled in them by their mother. Anna’s value for education is the reason her children established a scholarship in her memory. It is their desire that their mother’s generosity in life be memorialized by the granting of a scholarship in her name to a deserving nursing student.

The Grady Milan Phillips Memorial Scholarship for Nursing Excellence

Martha S. ReeseThe Martha S. Reese Nursing Scholarship was established in 1997 by her daughter, Phyllis Redding, who worked in the medical profession for 45 years.

Edna Reutzel Memorial Nursing Scholarship

The Edna Irene Kuster Reutzel Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established in 1992 as a memorial by her daughter and family. Edna’s dream was always to be a nurse, but she was not able to realize this dream. She raised four stepchildren and three children of her own. One of her daughters graduated from Boise State Nursing Program in 1973.

Gordon Ross Medical Foundation Scholarship

Thanks to the generous contribution of this Foundation, this is the ninth year the Gordon Ross Medical Foundation Scholarship is available to Boise State University nursing students.

The Saint Alphonsus Nursing Scholarship

The Saint Alphonsus Nursing Scholarship was established by Saint Alphonsus to promote clinical excellence by providing education opportunities for nurses to advance their knowledge base by earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BS).

St. Luke’s Medical Staff Scholarship for Nursing Excellence

The St. Luke’s Medical Staff Scholarship for Nursing Excellence was established in 2006 by members of the medical staff at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center. A subsequent endowed scholarship has been established. The current use fund is also being funded until such time as the endowed fund can support scholarship awards. St. Luke’s mission is to improve the health of people in its region. Its core values are trust, respect, integrity, partnership, service, safety, efficiency, financial responsibility, teamwork, and compassion.

Diana Burleigh Sparks Nursing Endowed Scholarship

Diana Lee Oberbillig Burleigh Sparks was born May 14, 1946, in Stibnite, ID. She died May 8, 2002, from the lifelong complications of Type 1 diabetes. She was a 1968 graduate of Boise Junior College with a degree in nursing. She earned a Bachelor of Science in 1980 at the University of San Francisco and a Master’s in Education from the University of Idaho. Following her death, her husband and family established an endowed scholarship to honor both her commitment to nursing and to celebrate her life.

Madge McBride Stacy Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Madge McBride StacyThe Madge McBride Stacy Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established in 1994 by her estate and her nephew, Patrick McBride. Madge McBride Stacy was born in 1919 at Hoyt, Colorado. She was the daughter of Henry Leigh and Allie Rose McBride. Madge graduated from Boise High School in 1937. She was a secretary for the Ada County Extension Services from 1961 until 1981 when she retired.

Stemmler Family Endowed Nursing Scholarship

Brandy StemmlerBrandy Stemmler graduated from Baylor University School of Nursing in 1993 with a BSN. She worked at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and Duke University Health System in Durham, North Carolina. She is currently employed at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in the surgical ICU. Dr. Bertram Stemmler is a radiologist at Intermountain Medical Imaging and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center. Both have always had a strong commitment to healthcare. Their experience in the profession helped them recognize and appreciate the integral role nurses play in patient care. By funding this scholarship, they hope to promote and encourage dedicated individuals to succeed in this field.

Stirn Memorial Health Sciences Scholarship

Elmer and Betty StirnThe Stirn Memorial Scholarship, established in 2003 by Georgia and Jim Girvan, honors Georgia’s parents, Elmer and Betty Stirn. Betty, a Registered Nurse, received her baccalaureate degree in nursing from Kansas State University. She served in the Navy as a nurse during World War II and practiced for many years in hospitals in Tacoma, Washington. Elmer was also a veteran of World War II where he served in the U S Army. Both Betty and Elmer valued education and encouraged their daughters and son to attend and graduate from college.

Hilary Straub Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Hilary StraubHilary was born in Selma, Alabama in April 1947 to Arthur and Edith Van Buskirk. Her father was an Air Force officer and, as a result, the family lived in various places along the east coast. Swimming and the Girl Scouts were her favorite activities as a girl. In 1961, Arthur was posted to Turkey and Hilary spent her high school years immersed in a foreign culture and attended the American School in Ankara. The service attitude of the Girl Scouts led to becoming a “Candy Striper” hospital volunteer and the plan to become a nurse.

The family returned to the United States in 1965 to settle in Florida. Hilary implemented her nursing dream and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the University of Florida in 1969. Along the way she met and married Robert Straub, another child of the military, and her husband for 41 years. Bob’s military service and later work at the Interagency Fire Center brought them to the West and then Boise in 1974. After about ten years of clinical nursing practice Hilary joined the Boise State Nursing faculty. She taught at Boise State for 22 years. Along the way eight summer terms were spent away earning a Master’s degree in Education from Indiana University and a Doctorate in Nursing from the University of Texas, Austin. Her service work extended beyond nursing to include Mountain Search and Rescue, American Red Cross, and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. This scholarship was established in 2008 by Hilary’s friends, family, and the faculty of the Boise State Department of Nursing.

Helen Sutherland Nursing Scholarship

Helen SutherlandHelen Sutherland was the single mother of three boys. This scholarship was established in 2007 to help single parents pursue higher education. Because of the affectionate care she received in multiple healthcare facilities after suffering a stroke, and the knowledge that there is a looming nursing shortage in our nation, Helen’s sons established a nursing scholarship to honor her life and spirit. The scholarship is intended for single parents seeking a nursing degree at Boise State, with preference given to single mothers.

Harold W. Swartley Nursing Scholarship

The Harold W. Swartley Nursing Scholarship was established in June 2008. A contributor to the General Nursing Scholarship fund for several years previous, Harold created this endowed fund to assure that there would continue to be scholarship awards for years to come. His first gift was in response to a Public Service Announcement, created by the Boise State Friends of Nursing, which suggested that everyone would need a nurse at some point in their life. Harold took it to heart and began supporting education for nursing students at Boise State University.

Mae Swinehart Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Mae SwinehartDr. Loy Swinehart established the Mae Swinehart Memorial Nursing Scholarship in 2001. Mae graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 1940. She worked as an emergency room nurse in Seattle and Chicago before moving to Boise in 1947. Mae was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1966, but remained a devoted wife and mother until her death in 1993.

Clair F. and Zita A. Vahey Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Clair and Zita VaheyThe Clair F. and Zita A. Vahey Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established by Dr. JoAnn T. Vahey (Emeritus Professor, Boise State School of Nursing) and her family, John and Robert Vahey and Mary G. Vahey DeStephano, in honor of their parents to provide an opportunity for women to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Neither Clair nor Zita had the opportunity to attend college because of limited finances. Both, however, used every means possible to educate themselves as well as their children and to assist others to gain an education.

Mary VanVacter Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Mary VanVacterThe Mary VanVacter Memorial Nursing Scholarship was established in 1990 by her daughter, Dale VanVacter Angers, retired Major in the U.S. Army, to provide opportunities for today’s women to pursue careers in nursing. Mary did not have the opportunity to pursue any formal nursing education. She did use every learning opportunity available to her so that she could care for the sick in her family and in the community.

Helen Pettet Wright Nursing Scholarship

The Helen Pettet Wright Nursing Scholarship was established in August 2002 through the will of Helen Pettet Wright, a native Idahoan. Helen was a registered nurse graduating from St. Luke’s Hospital Nurse Training School in 1939. Most of Helen’s professional career was spent in the Washington and California working in hospitals and physician’s offices. Upon her retirement in 1980, she returned to Idaho to be near her family. Helen was aware of the great need for registered nurses and felt that many would need financial assistance to accomplish their goal.


Department of Radiologic Sciences, School of Allied Health Sciences

Dr. Gary Craychee Endowed Scholarship

Gary CraycheeDr. Walter and Greg Craychee established the Dr. Gary Craychee Endowed Scholarship in 1995. This scholarship honors Dr. Gary Craychee, supporter of education and former Department of Radiology Assistant Professor. Dr. Craychee received his master’s degree from North Dakota State University and his doctoral degree from the University of Iowa. He taught at Boise State for eight years. He died in 1989, shortly after accepting a position at the University of Kuwait.

Dr. James Mack Radiologic Tech Memorial Scholarship

The Mack Radiologic Tech Memorial Scholarship was established in 1989. The Dr. James Mack Memorial / Saint Alphonsus Radiology Group Scholarship honors the memory of Dr. James Mack. He was a prominent member of the Saint Alphonsus Radiology Group and the first Medical Director for the Radiologic Sciences Program. Saint Alphonsus Radiology Group honors him with this endowment. Students receiving this scholarship must be accepted into the Radiologic Sciences Program and show academic success.

The Nagel Radiologic Sciences Scholarship

Logo for Nagel FoundationThe Nagel Radiologic Sciences Scholarship was established 2016.  The Nagel Foundation supports Boise State and its students enrolled in radiologic sciences programs.  The Foundation provides these clinical-field scholarships as one way to encourage Idaho high school seniors to make a difference for Idaho’s future.

Drs. Brin and Ron O’Reilly Radiologic Sciences Scholarship

Drs. Brin and Ron O'ReillyThe Drs. Brin and Ron O’Reilly Scholarship was established in 2004 by James and Georgia Girvan as the Dean’s Scholarship for Radiologic Sciences. It was renamed in 2007 in honor of the O’Reilly’s contributions to health sciences programs at Boise State University.

Dr. Brin O’Reilly has enjoyed careers in both journalism and counseling. She was the editor of the medical journal Contemporary Surgery and currently is a licensed clinical counselor and a member of the Association of Personal Historians.

From 1981 until his retirement in 1994, Dr. Ron O’Reilly was the Chief of the Division of Nuclear Medicine and the Medical Director of the Breast Care Center at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. Dr. O, as he is fondly referred to by the students and faculty, joined the College of Health Sciences at Boise State University in 1994 as an affiliate faculty. He volunteers his time to share a radiologist’s perspective of film interpretation with radiography and respiratory care students. He has also been a strong advocate for the faculty and programs offered by the Radiologic Sciences Department.

Connie Petersen Computed Tomography Scholarship

Connie PetersenThe Connie Petersen Computed Tomography Scholarship was established in 2001. Connie Petersen has held the position of Computed Tomography Technologist since 1989 and has had the opportunity to teach in the Boise State University Computed Tomography and Radiologic Science programs since 1993. The experience of working with radiology students and observing their excitement in offering quality patient care inspired Connie Petersen to offer this scholarship. It is her desire to assist in the education of outstanding students, who have a desire to embrace new technology and who will be an asset to the profession of Computed Tomography Technologists.

Radiologic Science Alumni Scholarship

The Radiologic Science Alumni Scholarship was established in 2006 by an alumnus of the Boise State University Radiologic Sciences Program. Donations from previous graduates of the Boise State University Radiologic Sciences Program were collected, and are still being solicited, in an effort to provide scholarships for current students in the program. This effort is an attempt to offset a portion of the financial burden associated with higher education.


Department of Respiratory Care, School of Allied Health Sciences

The Anderson Family Respiratory Care Scholarship

The Anderson familyThe Anderson Family Respiratory Care scholarship was started, largely through donations, after Respiratory Care Faculty Jeff Anderson’s father passed away. Jeff’s colleague, Lonny Ashworth, initiated a scholarship to honor his parents, and Jeff thought that it was a great tribute. His parents saved nickels and dimes since Jeff’s birth, and managed to put Jeff through college; then assisted Jeff’s daughters through the completion of their master’s degrees. Jeff, his wife, Jill, and their family would like to honor his parents, and at the same time assist a deserving student to pursue his or her degree.

Jason and Shirley Ashworth Memorial Respiratory Care Scholarship

Jason and Shirley AshworthThe Jason and Shirley Ashworth Memorial Respiratory Care Scholarship was initiated in 2008 to honor Jay and Shirley for their support of their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many friends and relatives. Jay and Shirley were wonderful mentors who instilled in their children the love for family, the value of education, the importance of long‐term goals and the confidence to pursue these goals. Their support of, and belief in, their children was unwavering.

Jay and Shirley were actively involved in community service organizations including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 40 and 8, BPO Elks, BPO Does, Easter Seal Society, Mental Health Association of Idaho Falls and serving as the Registrar for the elections. They demonstrated a strong commitment to each of these activities and helped instill in their children the importance of giving of oneself for the betterment of others.

Ada County Medical Society/Gail Bishop Memorial Respiratory Care Scholarship

The Ada County Medical Society/Gail Bishop Memorial Respiratory Care Scholarship is granted under an endowment established by the Ada County Medical Society to honor Gail Bishop who was Past President of the Society. This program was established in 1983.

The Beale Family Scholarship for Respiratory Care

The Beale Family Scholarship for Respiratory Care was established in 2011. Susan Westphal-Beale established this scholarship to support current respiratory therapy students studying at the university, and to honor her husband who helped both she and her daughter complete Boise State’s respiratory care program. The Beale Family Scholarship for Respiratory Care was established in 2011. Susan Westphal-Beale established this scholarship to support current respiratory therapy students studying at the university, and to honor her husband who helped both she and her daughter complete Boise State’s respiratory care program.

Delores DeLawyer Memorial Respiratory Care Scholarship

Delores DeLawyerThe Delores DeLawyer Memorial Respiratory Care Scholarship was initiated in 2009 to honor Delores for her support of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Delores was devoted to her family and stayed at home to raise her children. Delores volunteered countless hours working with the English-as-a-second language program. After her children were grown, Delores returned to the work force and finished an eighteen year career as a loan officer for Farmers Home Administration. Delores thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She instilled in them a sense of responsibility to the community and was always supportive of their endeavors. Delores was selfless in helping others and has passed on this trait to her children and grandchildren.

Marjorie Dittrich Respiratory Care Scholarship

The Marjorie Dittrich Respiratory Care Scholarship was established by Drs. Bill and Mary Dittrich in honor of his mother, Marjorie Dittrich. The scholarship is to be awarded each year to a Respiratory Care student. As Dr. Dittrich said, “This scholarship has been established in memory of the best teacher I ever had, and the most compassionate and giving person I ever knew.”

Respiratory Care Faculty and Staff Scholarship

Established in 2008 to support the educational goals of Respiratory Care students, the Faculty and Staff Respiratory Care Scholarship recognizes the promise of students engaged in learning, research and community involvement. The goal of this scholarship is to enable students to reach their full potential. The scholarship is funded by contributions from the faculty and staff in the Department of Respiratory Care.

Toshihiko Koga Memorial Respiratory Care Scholarship

Toshihiko KogaThe Toshihiko Koga Memorial Respiratory Care Scholarship was initiated in 2010 by the Koga Institute for Medical Research to honor and recognize Dr. Koga’s contributions and dedication to respiratory care.

Dr. Koga was a visionary in the development of respiratory care in Japan and throughout the world. He created the International Exchange Visit Programme for Respiratory Care Professionals which was designed to facilitate the sharing of knowledge between clinicians in Japan and other countries. For many years, he sponsored multiple workshops and seminars bringing respiratory care professionals from the United States to present information to physicians, nurses, physical therapists and biomedical engineers in Japan.

Passionate about education, Dr. Koga loved to learn and he loved to teach. Many words have been used to describe Dr. Koga including educator, mentor, kind, considerate, generous, loving, compassionate, brilliant, driven, committed, fun, amazing, incredible and pioneer. He had the wonderful ability to make everyone who met him feel that they were his best friend.

One of Dr. Koga’s goals was to establish a scholarship to help defer the expenses incurred by students transferring from Japan to Boise State University. It is with great pride that the Koga Institute for Medical Research recognizes the dreams of Dr. Koga and, in his honor, establishes this endowed scholarship.

The ISRC Shirley Gossi Thimsen Memorial Scholarship

Shirley Gossi ThimsenThe ISRC Shirley Gossi Thimsen Memorial Scholarship was established in 2007 in honor of Shirley Gossi Thimsen. It is awarded each year to a Respiratory Care student. After being a stay-at-home mom with five children, Shirley began her college education and career at the age of 40. She received her degree in Respiratory Care from Boise State and was one of the first respiratory therapists in Idaho. During her professional career of more than 30 years, she served the community in many ways. She started the Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department at the Elks Rehabilitation Hospital, was a respiratory care instructor at Boise State University and served on the Medical Advisory Board for more than 30 years. With her gentle manner, she taught us how to listen to patients and treat them as family. Shirley was completely dedicated and one of the best in her field. She held education as a high priority. One of her many goals was to support others in obtaining their educational goals.

Larry Kissler Memorial Scholarship in Respiratory Care

Norco logoThe Larry Kissler Memorial Scholarship in Respiratory Care was established and first awarded in 1992. Larry Kissler, the founder of Norco, is a long time supporter and friend of respiratory care. This scholarship was developed to assist with the educational expenses of students who show great promise in furthering the profession of respiratory care.

Merrick Family Respiratory Care Scholarship

David and Kay MerrickThe Merrick Family Respiratory Care Scholarship was established in 2006 by David and Kay Merrick. It is awarded each year to a full‐time student enrolled in Respiratory Care. Dr. Merrick was one of the first pulmonologists in the Treasure Valley. He served the medical community in many ways. He was the Medical Director of Respiratory Care at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center for many years and was the Medical Director of the Respiratory Care Program at Boise State for more than 30 years. During that time period he taught the respiratory therapists, nurses and physicians more than pulmonary medicine; he taught them how to provide effective medical care with the compassion and the gentleness he displayed with his patients. Dr. and Mrs. Merrick were also instrumental in the establishment of the Gail Bishop Memorial Respiratory Therapy Scholarship.

Dr. David K. and Kay Merrick Scholarship for Respiratory Care

David and Kay MerrickThe David K. and Kay Merrick Scholarship for Respiratory Care was established in 2005 by James and Georgia Girvan to honor the contributions made by Dr. and Mrs. Merrick. It is awarded each year to a full‐time student enrolled in Respiratory Care.

For more than 30 years, Dr. David K. Merrick played a leading role in the health care of the community and education of health care professionals in the Boise Valley. He was a leading pulmonologist whose number one concern was to provide high‐quality patient care. He taught respiratory therapists, nurses and physicians how to practice state‐of‐the‐art medical care, while still keeping the patient as a person the primary focus.

Dr. Merrick served as the Medical Director of the Boise State University Respiratory Care Program for more than 30 years, teaching one or two courses in Pulmonary Medicine each year. This required taking time out of his practice each week to work with students. In addition, he was an outstanding clinician and educator at the patient’s bedside teaching the staff how to “see the big picture.”

A mentor for more than 500 respiratory therapists, and countless nurses and physicians, Dr. Merrick’s demeanor, patient advocacy and pursuit of excellence in health care have left an indelible mark on our community.

Kay Merrick was involved with the community in many ways, including the Medical Alliance through which she was instrumental in establishing the Gail Bishop Memorial Respiratory Therapy Scholarship. Kay is also the past president of St. Luke’s Auxiliary, Ada County Medical Alliance, and Idaho Medical Alliance.

The Norco Respiratory Care Scholarship

The Norco Respiratory Care Scholarship was established in 2010 by Jim Kissler and Norco, Inc. to continue the legacy begun by Larry Kissler. Larry faithfully brought a check to the Respiratory Care Department each year for a student scholarship. Norco, Inc. has chosen to recognize this and honor him through the continuation of this scholarship support for an outstanding Respiratory Care student with financial need.

Treasure Valley Pulmonary Physicians Respiratory Care Scholarship

The Treasure Valley Pulmonary Physicians Respiratory Care Scholarship was established in 2009 to provide support for future Respiratory Care practitioners. The physicians responsible for originating and maintaining this scholarship specialize in pulmonary disease, critical care medicine and sleep disorders, and have been critical to the development of respiratory care in the Treasure Valley. The physicians serve the community in many ways, including as medical directors of Respiratory Care at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center, and Boise State University, and of several sleep disorders centers.

These physicians are an essential part of the critical care units in the area, providing intensive care to the sickest patients and are recognized for their state-of-the-art patient care. They provide an on-going education for respiratory therapists, nurses and other physicians through lectures, patient rounds and bed-side clinical instruction.


School of Social Work

The Lewis (Red) Cotrell Social Work Scholarship

The Lewis (Red) Cotrell Social Work Scholarship was established in 1994 and seeks to provide support to students studying towards a degree in Social Work who are either American Indian or have a background working within the American Indian community. The Cotrell Family, who was instrumental in the establishment of this scholarship, naming the fund in honor of their father.

The Keith Gramann Memorial Scholarship

The Keith Gramann Memorial Scholarship was established in 1984 by close friends and family of the late Keith Gramann. Keith was a social worker at the Vietnam Vet’s Center, US Veterans Administration, in Boise. Prior to his job with the Vet’s Center in Boise he worked in the child welfare field in Seattle. Prior to his death Keith was asked to teach a special topics course at Boise State on Trauma, Stress, and Loss.

The Maxine and Milt Klein Idaho Society of Clinical Social Work Scholarship

The Maxine and Milt Klein Idaho Society of Clinical Social Work Scholarship was established in 2004.  Milt Klein LCSW was the director of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in the ’70s and founding president of the Idaho Society for Clinical Social Work.  He and his wife were partners in private practice for many years.  The fund benefits graduate students enrolled full time at Boise State in the Department of Social Work.

The Irene Wilcox Memorial Endowed Scholarship

The Irene Wilcox Memorial Endowed Scholarship was established in 2004 in honor of the late Irene Wilcox. Irene was the first clinical social worker in the state of Idaho and was instrumental in getting the Idaho Legislature to pass 18 bills regarding child welfare. She also helped established the first mental health clinic in Boise where patients were seen without charge.