Immediate Past President Cris Finn, Master of Ceremonies Rick Crandall of KEZW’s “The Breakfast Club,” scholarship winners Nancy Gomez, Johanna Fuentes Pacheco and Anne Aragon. Photos by Scottie Taylor Iverson
Heavy spring precipitation didn’t prevent Friends of Nursing (FON) from gathering at Lakewood Country Club for its 37th Annual Spring Luncheon to award 24 scholarships. Friends of Nursing was founded in 1981 with a focus of providing scholarships for students from the University of Denver raising awareness among non-nurses and educating the community regarding the nursing profession. Co-founders were Greta Pollard and Janet Pirkey. When DU phased out its School of Nursing in 1985, the organization broadened its scope to embrace the Colorado colleges and universities that award baccalaureate or higher degrees in nursing. They are: Adams State University, Colorado Christian University, Colorado Mesa University, Colorado State University at Pueblo, Metropolitan State University, Regis University Loretto Heights School of Nursing, Helen and Arthur E. Johnson Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences at University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and University of Northern Colorado.
Patron Sponsor LaFawn Biddle, historian and president-elect Lola Fehr
Interim Dean – Regis University Loretto Heights School of Nursing Karen Pennington standing with faculty member Pamella Stoeckel. Seated – FON Treasurer Sara Jarrett, faculty member and Jean Schroeder, associate professor.
Friends of Nursing Scholarships went to: Christine Anderson (Adams State University), Talitha Appel (University of Colorado Denver), Anne Aragon (University of Colorado, Colorado Springs), Izamar Caro (Regis University), Alonzo Lobato (CSU-Pueblo), Amanda Schiechi (Colorado Christian University), Audria Schmidt (Colorado Christian University), Shelly Urioste (Colorado Christian University) and Lauren Wollenzin (UC Denver). These scholarships are funded by FON dues, special events and the generosity of donors and investment earnings.
Kathya Bustillos (University of Northern Colorado) won the Donald Pollard Scholarship. The Patricia Carlson Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Nancy Gomez (CSU – Pueblo). Trisha Guess (Colorado Christian University) received the Wayne T. “Dusty” Biddle Memorial Scholarship. Cory Hays (Metropolitan State University) received the Verda Richie Memorial Scholarship. The Greta Pollard Scholarship was awarded to Daniel Hohenstein (University of Northern Colorado). Elhum Karimkhani (University of Colorado Denver) received the Olga S. Miercort Scholarship. Kelly Keefe (Metropolitan State University) received the Viola Baudendistel Memorial Scholarship. The St. Luke’s Alumnae Scholarship went to McKenzee Kemper (University of Northern Colorado). Kelly McClean (CSU-Pueblo) won the Georgia Imhoff Scholarship. Margaret Means (Metropolitan State University) was awarded the Ruth Harboe Memorial Scholarship. The Joseph and Ann Pfost Memorial Scholarship went to Perla Millan (Regis University). Johanna Fuentes Pacheco (University of Colorado-Denver) was awarded the Josephine Ballard Presbyterian Scholarship. The Fern Howard Scholarship went to Maria Purser (Colorado Mesa University) won the Fern Howard Scholarship. The Leila B. Kinney Scholarship went to Valerie Winther (Regis University). Aleiya Pence (CSU-Pueblo) was awarded The Friends of Nursing President’s Scholarship.
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