Named Scholarship Endowment Funds

The Research Foundation, through contributions from nursing alumni and others in the community, provides scholarships to nursing students attending Research College of Nursing/Rockhurst University, Avila University and William Jewell College.

Those interested in supporting nursing education can make a gift of $25,000, given over time or all at once, to establish a named endowment fund. The interest earned is given as an annual scholarship in perpetuity. The individual that established the named endowment fund can define the criteria for the annual scholarship award, such as financial need, academics or service.

The following are named scholarship funds.

Virginia G. Stowers Nursing Scholarship - Virginia G. Stowers is a 1952 graduate of Research School of Nursing. The Trustees of the Stowers Foundation made a contribution in her honor to make full-tuition scholarship available to two junior students attending Research College of Nursing for their 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years (up to $68,000 per student).

Tom Harmon Presidential Scholar Award - Adrian and Margaret Harmon established this fund in 1995 in honor of their son, Tom. Tom began his service with Research Medical Center in 1978 and currently serves on the Research College of Nursing Governing Board. The scholar fund was established to provide an annual academic scholarship to attend Research College of Nursing and is awarded to a student who demonstrates characteristics that are necessary to excel in the nursing profession. The scholarship is a 2-year award for juniors and seniors totaling $32,000.

Robert E. Adams Nursing Scholarship - Robert E. Adams served for many years as the CEO of Research Medical Center following a career in the military. He loved the hospital and believed in providing quality healthcare was of the utmost importance. A scholarship is given annually in his name to a qualified nursing student.

Virginia Dodson Bernt Scholarship - Family and friends established the Virginia Dodson Bernt Scholarship in memory of Virginia to support a scholarship fund to benefit nursing students.

Mary & Everett Broyles Memorial Scholarship - Mary and Everett Broyles were former patients at Research Medical Center who appreciated the outstanding care they received from nurses throughout their lives. They included a provision in their will to support student scholarships. 

Class of 1959 Scholarship - The Class of 1959 Scholarship was established when a graduate of the Research School of Nursing class of 1959 made an anonymous gift to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their graduation. At that time, the entire class was invited to contribute to the scholarship fund. Since 2009, this fund has been generously supported by members of the class of 1959. 

Al Hancock Memorial Nursing Scholarship – Al Hancock served on the board of The Research Foundation for over 20 years, including five years as chairman. He was always willing to raise funds and was an advocate for the people the Foundation serves, as well as the programs the Foundation operates. To celebrate Al’s life of service, The Research Foundation created the Al Hancock Memorial Nursing Scholarship Award which will help carry on his commitment to the health and well-being of our community.

Teresa Hiestand Hofbauer Scholarship - Teresa was a nurse at Research Medical Center and a 1978 graduate of Research School of Nursing who passed away unexpectedly. At the time of her passing, her family established the Teresa Hiestand Hofbauer Scholarship Fund to pass on her love of the nursing profession to future nurses through scholarship support. 

Edward F. Higgins, MD Scholarship - The Edward F. Higgins, MD Scholarship was created to honor our former Foundation Chairman for his service. Dr. Higgins has a vested interest in mission work internationally, primarily in Haiti where he travels each year. For that reason, we select a student with an interest in mission work to receive this award each year.

Bea Colson-King ’32 Memorial Scholarship - Bea Colson-King was a 1932 graduate of Research School of Nursing. During her career, Bea was a surgical nurse and later taught nursing students. Bea generously supported nursing scholarships throughout her life establishing the Bea Colson-King ’32 Scholarship Fund. At the time of her death, she included a provision in her will to support this scholarship fund.

Christine S. Lewis Scholarship - Christine Lewis was a former volunteer at Research Medical Center who wanted to celebrate the nursing profession by recognizing those individuals that dedicate their lives to patients. 

Pat A. Lord ’44 Nursing Scholarship - Pat Lord was a 1944 graduate of the Research School of Nursing. She felt a great sense of pride for her alma mater and the 35 years she dedicated to her career. It was that pride that motivated her to support nursing scholarships through annual contributions and a bequest in her estate. 

Mary Elizabeth Martin Scholarship - The Mary Elizabeth Martin Scholarship Trust was established in 1961 and distributes funds throughout the community to be used for charitable or educational purposes. 

Holly Moore Memorial Oncology Scholarship - The Holly Moore Memorial Oncology Scholarship was established by the family of Holly Moore after she lost a 4-year battle with breast cancer. This scholarship is designated to support a student planning to work as an oncology nurse. 

Richard S. O’Brien Nursing Scholarship - George Seymour, a former Research Advisory Director, established the Richard S. O'Brien Scholarship to honor his friend and business associate, George, who lived to be 97-years-old. He received care at Research Medical Center many times during his life, beginning in 1928. He believed that nurses take care of you like they are taking care of their own family.

Research Medical Center Medical Staff Scholarship - The Research Medical Center Medical Staff Scholarship is awarded annually from contributions received from members of the Medical Staff. 

Research Royal Roast Nursing Scholarship – The Research Royal Roast is a fundraising event that began in 1995 and is celebrated every two years. Proceeds from this event directly support scholarships for students attending the Research College of Nursing/Rockhurst University Joint Nursing Program.

Dr. Donald M. Spencer Nursing Scholarship Award – Dr. Donald M. Spencer was an orthopedic surgeon at Research Medical Center. He was committed to the important work done by The Research Foundation to enhance the health of our community. He dedicated his life to helping patients and easing their pain. This scholarship award celebrates his love of medicine and concern for patients.

Charles R. Zeskey Nursing Scholarship - Charles Zeskey was an Advisory Director that supported The Research Foundation for decades. He established a trust that provides dividends to the Foundation annually to support nursing student scholarships.