Illinois State University’s Mennonite College of Nursing (MCN) held its annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet on September 21 in the Brown Ballroom at the Bone Student Center. The purpose of this event is to invite donors to meet with their student recipients, and to recognize new scholarships that have been established. Each recipient also receives a certificate for the scholarship they received.
During the banquet, Joyce Moser talked about establishing the Coletta Kintzle Endowed Memorial Scholarship for her mother. A few days prior to her mother’s death, Joyce was sitting by her bedside when Coletta began to share memories of her life. What stood out most to Joyce in that conversation was the fact that Coletta had always wanted to be a nurse, a dream that Coletta had not shared with anyone before. It wasn’t long before Joyce began to think about ways she could honor her mom with a Memorial. Since Joyce was an Illinois State University graduate and her mom had always wanted to be a nurse, a Mennonite College of Nursing Scholarship at Illinois State seemed to be a perfect match.
Kylie Fuller is the recipient of the Roger and Stephanie Joslin Endowed Scholarship, and she attended the banquet and met her scholarship donor, Stevie Joslin. Fuller gave remarks on behalf of all of the student recipients, thanking them for helping students chase their dreams of being the best nurse possible. Fuller has many family members who are nurses, and the biggest influence was her mom who is a peritoneal dialysis nurse. She is a triplet, and her sister, Teagan, is also a student at MCN. Fuller said, “With this scholarship I will be able to continue my studies here at Mennonite, receiving an amazing education and learning how to provide the highest quality care to my patients so that I can be that caring, compassionate, knowledgeable nurse that I aspire to be.”
The college was pleased to announce the John and Karen Parker Endowed Scholarship, and John Parker attended the banquet and met his first recipient, Regan Romshek. Parker’s daughter, Julie Smith, established the Karen Griffith Parker Scholarship in 2007, in memory of her mother who was a nurse. Smith, her husband Keith, and son Elijah, have attended the banquet every year. They all participated in a video about their story of establishing this scholarship.
MCN is grateful for all of the scholarships and awards that have been established to help deserving students, who would not be able to attend the University without the help of need-based scholarships.
Visit the MCN Flickr page to see photos from the banquet.
For more information about establishing a scholarship, contact MCN Director of Development Jennifer Sedbrook at (309) 438-7178.