Foundation Scholarship List

Ann Landwirth Nickoll Memorial Scholarship

Award Amount:

$1500

Semester Available:

Fall

Selection Criteria:

Of all scholarship applicant who are seniors, this will be awarded to individual(s) with the highest GPA

Program of Study:

 Any BSN nursing student


This scholarship was established by Michael and Trudy Landwirth to honor the memory of Mr. Landwirth's sister, Ann Landwirth Nickoll. It has also been funded by Ann's husband John Nickoll. Mrs. Nickoll believed strongly in the empowerment of education and the importance of academic achievement and for these reasons.

Ann Nickoll was born in Peoria, Illinois in 1936. She graduated from Peoria High School in 1954 and attended the University of Michigan where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in art history. In 1958 she married John F. Nickoll. They raised three sons.  Ann and John lived in Los Angeles, California where she worked as a real estate broker. Ann was a cancer survivor for 12 years, loosing that battle in 2001. Ann actively supported Planned Parenthood, the Beverly Hills Educational Foundation and the United Way. She was very active in the Republican Party and was chosen twice by the governor of California to be a delegate to the national convention. She was a founding member of WISH (Women in the Senate and House), a member of the California Council for the Humanities and also a member of the Republican State Central Committee. Ann Landwirth Nickoll was a compassionate loving person and a generous philanthropist. She believed deeply in a woman's right to make decisions that affect her own health and wellbeing and was actively involved in numerous efforts to empower women. Her contributions and actions spoke clearly of her passion to make life better for others. 


Arts & Sciences Freshman Scholarship

Award Amount:

$750

Semester Available:

 Spring

Selection Criteria:

Applicant must have achieved a 3.0 or higher GPA. 
Applicant must be a freshman with at least 15 completed credits prior to applying.
Essay should reflect on the value of liberal education to the undergraduate majoring in healthcare.

Program of Study:

 All Methodist College undergraduate students.


Bob and Kay Stevenson Scholarship

Award Amount:

$1000

Semester Available:

Begins in Fall 2017

Selection Criteria:

Is in good academic standing.
Shows a financial need.
Demonstrated an understanding of and commitment to compassionate care in their scholarship essay. This can be shown through either paid, volunteer or family-related experiences.

Program of Study:

Any program of study at Methodist College


Bob and Kay Stevenson cared about both the overall Peoria community and what was then Methodist Medical Center. This scholarship was established in their memory by their son, Jamie Stevenson. Bob was a longtime employee and President of what is now, PNC Bank and a committed community leader and volunteer. He served as Chairman of the Methodist Medical Center Board of Directors in 1984 through 1986 after several years of service on the Board. Jamie followed in his father's footsteps and has served on the Methodist Health Services Corporation Board since 2012 and as Chairman from 2015-2017. Kay was also deeply involved with Methodist Medical Center. She was a longtime member of the Service League and started and ran the Floral Department for many years.


Carol Franklin Scholarship

Award Amount:

$1000

Semester Available:

Begins Spring 2017

Selection Criteria

Is in good academic standing
Shows a financial need
Is in final semester
Demonstrates through their scholarship application essay that they exhibit the same principles Carol believed in, which include love of profession, integrity, work ethic, advocacy and team work.

Program of Study:

 All BSN programs at Methodist College


The Carol Vivian (Graham) Franklin Scholarship was established by Carol's family and friends in 2015. Carol was a nurse in Peoria for 30+ years, spending most of her career at Proctor Hospital (Unity Point). Carol was a 1982 RN graduate from the Methodist College of Nursing.  She later received her BSN at Chamberlain Nursing School in 2014. Carol was elected to Sigma Theta Tau in 2013. She advanced her nursing career working many different positions, including Nursing Supervisor, House Supervisor, Home Health Nurse, Case Manager, Cardiac Rehab Nurse, and Utilization Case Manager. She left Proctor Hospital to become a Case Manager for Humana Health, returning part-time as a House Supervisor in 2014 at Unity Point-Proctor because she missed the clinical care of patients.   


Catherine Wells Lau Scholarship

 Award Amount: 

$1,000

 Semester Available: 

Spring

Selection Criteria: 

Is in good academic standing and completes the scholarship application process.

Program of Study:

Any Nursing program of study.


Catherine Wells graduated from the Methodist School of Nursing in 1943. She becamse a registered nurse in both Illinois and Wisconsin. During her nursing career she was employed as a surgical nurse at Methodist Hospital in Peoria, Children's Memorial in Chicago, Saint Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. For many years she was also a volunteer with the Red Cross Blood Drive.

The Catherine Wells Lau Scholarship was established in August of 2017 by her husband Otto and daughters Mary Sutton and Jane Baker in honor of their mother.


Debbie Simon Scholarship

Award Amount:

$2000

Semester Available:

Spring

Selection Criteria:

3.0 GPA or higher
Must be a Junior or Senior
In application essay a desire to remain in the Peoria area after graduation as well as examples of Nursing practice excellence and leadership at Methodist College must be demonstrated.

Program of Study:

 Any Methodist College undergraduate student


Debbie Simon began her nursing career at Methodist Medical Center in 1976 after graduating from the University of Illinois.  She has served in administrative leadership roles within the hospital since 1978 with most recent years serving as Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer. In December 2011 Debbie was appointed President and CEO of Unity Point Health - Methodist; and in 2013, upon affiliation with Proctor, was named President and CEO of UnityPoint Health - Methodist | Proctor.

Having earned her BSN from the University of Illinois, Debbie went on to receive an MBA from Bradley University. She is a Wharton Nurse Executive Fellow; Henry Crown Leadership Fellow; and certified by ANCC as Advanced Nursing Administrator. Debbie is actively involved in the community, having served on a number of community boards in both Peoria and Pekin. Currently, Debbie serves on the Greater Peoria Economical Development Council Board, CEO Council, Peoria Promise, Wildlife Prairie Park Board and Advisory Board for Bradley University Foster College of Business. She participates in numerous professional organizations and is a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin, Illinois.  She and her husband, Rick, have one son, David.


Dr. Robert Adams Scholarship

Award Amount:

$1000

Semester Available:

Spring 2017

Selection Criteria:

Open to any non-traditional student of Methodist College that is also a parent.

Program of Study:

 All Nursing Students


Established in 2016 by anonymous donor who was a long-time patient of Dr. Adams and chose to support education as a way to honor him.


EDGE Run Scholarship

Award Amount: 

$750.00

Semester Available:

 Spring

Selection Criteria: 

Applicant must have a GAP of 2.75 or higher
Application must reflect their involvement at MC and how they give back. Examples of volunteerism are a must.
Applicant must have completed a minimum of one semester as a student at Methodist College


Program of Study:

 Any Methodist College student


 Established in 2014 by the Student Government Association to showcase the volunteer work of students.


Emiko Kamasaki Yang Scholarship

Award Amount:

$500

Semester Available:

Fall and Spring

Selection Criteria:

Must complete the scholarship application.

Program of Study:

 Any nursing student


Emiko was born in Hawaii, on the island of Maui. "We had a large family. My parents were beekeepers." After high school, she received her nurse training at Queens Hospital in Honolulu. She came to Peoria through a family contact at Bradley University. She raised three sons: Byron, Leonard and Lloyd. She became a surgical nurse at Methodist Hospital and went on to become the evening 2nd shift nursing director, a position she held for 32 years. Emiko volunteered with United Way for 20 years and also with Wildlife Prairie Park and the Peoria Park District. "I must tell you what I did for fun," Emiko says. "I ran four marathons, and took up scuba diving." Her goal was 100 dives, she only made it to 75. Emiko has traveled extensively, including Costa Rica, South Africa, Kenya, Nepal, India, Ecuador, Spain, China, and Mexico. She also has a keen interest in medicinal remedies that natives use from trees and plants. Emiko shares a passion with her partner Maury Brucker for working at nature preserves and protected lands, so present and future generations can enjoy the prairies, plants and birds that occupy those areas.


Evidence Based Practice for Future Nursing Scholarship

Award Amount:

$500

Semester Available:

Fall

Selection Criteria:

A student who is in high (GPA 3.0 or higher) academic standing in their Junior or Senior year at Methodist College.

Program of Study:

 BSN nursing program


Drs. Pam Di Vito-Thomas, and C. Nolan Thomas established the "Evidence- Based Practice for The Future of Nursing Scholarship" in spring 2015. "Our Methodist College BSN graduates will lead in defining the scope of professional nursing practice in their daily steps as they provide outstanding patient-centered care in the expanding healthcare environment."


Hannah Morris Nursing Scholarship

Award Amount:

$500

Semester Available:

Spring

Selection Criteria:

Applicant must have achieved a 3.0 or higher GPA
Applicant must have achieved Junior status
Applicant must speak to interest in OB/Peds/Midwifery in application essay.

Program of Study:

 Any four-year nursing student


Hannah Morris was a nursing student at Methodist College from fall of 2011 to the spring of 2013. Hannah had wanted to be a labor and delivery nursing since she was 10 years old. She loved babies and children and this passion was reflected in her close relationship with her young nephew and her involvement in the pre-K department at her church. Hannah placed a strong emphasis on her relationship with her family. She often visited her grandparents to swim and get on her grandpa's "John Deere" to mow their grass. She loved spending time with her nephew playing games and taking him to the park. Hannah's cheerful smile and laugh seemed to brighten up any room she visited. Hannah hoped to continue on with her education and obtain a Master's degree and eventually become a midwife. While searching for a college to attend, Methodist College caught Hannah's interest for many reasons. It offered her an opportunity to shadow on the labor and delivery floor where she was able to observe a C-section. She was thrilled by the experience and pleased to learn she could enroll straight from high school. This would allow her the complete her BSN at Methodist. The small class sizes and the opportunity to form a one-on-one relationship with the instructor were important to her. She placed much importance on close connections with others. Hannah liked the idea of attending a school with people who shared her dream of working in the medical field. The closeness of Methodist College to her home allowed her to commute to campus and save money. Saving money was an important goal for this practical young woman. Hannah was a dedicated student who took her studies very seriously. She emphasized organization, creating many to-do lists to keep track of her many responsibilities. Hannah took great pride in accomplishments great and small and each item she crossed off was a little victory. She was self-driven and set high standards for herself. The immense pride she took in her work drove her to always do her best in any endeavor she pursued. At the end of her second year at Methodist, April 2013, she was diagnosed was a rare sarcoma cancer. Her sister Ashleigh moved back from Chicago to be with her. Ashleigh provided love, encouragement, compassion and care for Hannah. Doctors at Mayo Clinic and Northwestern University Hospital were unable to help her overcome this aggressive cancer. Despite her intense pain and suffering, she never gave up on her faith in God and her desire to finish school. During her time at Methodist College, Hannah's cheerful nature, passion for the healthcare field and love of close relationships led her to develop many meaningful connections with her fellow students and instructors. On July 14th, 2013 Hannah entered her heavenly home. Her parents, sister and the rest of her family can think of no better legacy than to help an aspiring nurse fulfill their dream.


Harold McAvoy Scholarship

Award Amount:

$1500

Semester Available:

Fall

Selection Criteria:

Applicant must have achieved a 3.0 or higher GPA
Application must be a Junior or Senior
Preference must be given to a non-traditional college student, male student, or someone in surgical nursing. These should be spoken to in the application essay.

Program of Study:

 Any nursing student


Harold E. "Mac" McAvoy was born in East Peoria in 1940. He attended East Peoria High School and was the Drum Major for the high school band. He was always a leader, leading by the example he set for others. Harold was a popular young man with a tremendous sense of humor. Harold attended the Methodist Medical Center School of Nursing, graduating in 1961. He worked as a registered nurse until 1963 when he joined the United States Army Nurse Corp. He served active duty from January 1963 to February 1970 as a captain and received a Bronze Star for meritorious duty at the 95th Evac Hospital in Da Nang, Vietnam. His Colonel said " Harold was the best - a one of a kind individual with a wonderful sense of humor. His jokes and stories kept everyone's spirits high during a very difficult time." When Harold came home to East Peoria from his service in Vietnam he returned to Methodist and worked as a Registered Nurse in the surgical area. He advanced to the position of Surgical Coordinator. He retired from OSF St. Francis on November 1, 2002, after 41 years of nursing. At Methodist the Chaplains are the connection for patient families to the operating room during surgery. Chaplains receive regular updates from the Surgical Nursing Coordinator and other members of the team and share this information with the family in the waiting area. This program resulted from the joint efforts of Chaplain Larry Kirk and Harold McAvoy . Harold is remembered by his co-workers as conducting himself in a very professional manner at all times. He was a leader and a motivator and wanted people to succeed for themselves not just "for the job". He encouraged, he mentored and he celebrated the success of his team members. He always had a joke or a story to share that would lighten any moment that became too heavy. Harold died December 30, 2004. His memorial contributions and contributions from his family have made this scholarship possible.


Harry and Julia Leming Memorial Scholarship

 Award Amount: $1000.00
Semester Available: Fall and Spring
 Selection Criteria: Application essay should speak to high level of compassion and a dream of becoming an RN
Program of Study: All nursing students

This award was established in 1988 after the death of Harry Leming. Rather than leaving an amount in her will to nursing education for a scholarship, Julia Leming decided to establish the award while she was still living so she could enjoy knowing the recipients of her scholarship and following their careers with pride. Julia passed away in 2007, but students continue to receive a scholarship thanks to their generosity.


Jeanette M. Brucker Heinisch Memorial Scholarship

 Award Amount: $500.00
Semester Available:  Spring
Selection Criteria:  Must Complete the Application process
Program of Study: Any nursing student (Freshman - Graduate Level)

Jeanette M. Brucker Heinisch Memorial Scholarship was established in April of 2015 by her brother Maurice Brucker. Jeanette was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister.  She received her B.S. from the University of Illinois and her career spanned the public and private academic settings; she served on the board at Kishwaukee Hospital and was instrumental in their fundraising efforts for a new medical center.

Maury is a longtime supporter of Methodist and Methodist College and is proud to honor the memory of his sister Jeanette, who had a passion for education, by assisting a nursing student with their future career.


Helen Turley Carlton Scholarship

Award Amount:

$750

Semester Available:

Spring

Selection Criteria:

Applicant must have achieved a 3.0 or higher GPA Essay should speak to involvement at Methodist College

Program of Study:

 All Methodist College programs


Helen Turley Carlton was a member of the Class of 1931. She was a registered nurse at Methodist for many years, working in Obstetrics. She moved to Jasper, Wyoming in 1936, where she continued her nursing career. In 1979, she returned to Macomb, Illinois, where she lived until her death in May 2000. She was 92 and even as a patient in a nursing home, continued to provide her compassionate nursing care to others. This scholarship was established by her niece, Carol Agner.


Helen Waldo Scholarship

Award Amount:

$750.00

Semester Available:

Fall

Selection Criteria:

Applicant must have achieved a 3.0 or higher GPA
Applicant must be a Junior or Senior

Program of Study:

 Any undergraduate nursing program


Helen R. Waldo graduated from the Methodist Medical Center School of Nursing in 1943. She was a Private Duty Nurse for many years and then worked in the Lacon Clinic from 1959 to 1977. Helen and her husband Leslie Waldo had three children. This scholarship was established in 2002 by her husband and her daughter Patsy as a Memorial Tribute to Helen and her nursing career.


Jackie  Adams Memorial Scholarship

 Award Amount: $1500.00
Semester Available:  Spring
Selection Criteria: Applicant must have achieved a 3.0 or higher GPA
Applicant essay should reflect the individual's high moral character, community involvement and desire to work in the Peoria area
Program of Study: Any undergraduate nursing program

Jacqueline L.(Lain) Adams came to Peoria to go to school at Methodist Hospital and become a nurse 1952. Her passion for nursing began after working a few summers at local hospitals in Urbana, IL. The girls she met in her class became like family. They attended school year round together. They attended their science classes at Bradley University and made the walk to and from each day because they did not have much extra money for bus fare.

She met her future husband while taking care of his nephew on the "peds" floor. She married Walter D. Adams in 1955 when she graduated from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing. She worked for over 20 years as a registered nurse. Nursing was the love of her life and thanks to Methodist, she found her life's work. Jacqueline passed away in 2007 leaving behind one son, Mark Adams, one daughter Heidi Howerton and five grandchildren. She was survived by her husband Walter, who established the scholarship in her remembrance in 2008. He passed away in May 2011. 

James P. Paschke Memorial Scholarship

Award Amount:   $1000.00
Semester Available:  Spring
Selection Criteria:  Applicant must be a Junior or Senior
Application essay should reflect that they are a non-traditional student, responsible, and employed throughout the year
Application references should reflect that they have above average clinical skills
 Program of Study: Any undergraduate nursing program

James Jeschke was a 1997 graduate of the Methodist School of Nursing. He obtained his RN license during the summer while working in the Heart Care Center at Methodist Medical Center of Illinois. He died unexpectedly in September of that year. Jim was a true "Renaissance Man". Jim served in the Civic Air Patrol as a commander. He graduated from the United Technical Institute in Milwaukee in 1966 and was the chief technician in the first successful heart transplant in the Midwest. He also was a paramedic for OSF St. Francis Medical Center and managed the Mobile Medic Ambulance for many years. He was an accountant for Ragan Communications. He also was a volunteer for 10 years for the West Peoria Fire and Rescue Squad, last serving as an Assistant Chief. 

Neal F. Ragan, Jr., President of Ragan Communications established this scholarship to honor the memory of James Jeske. Jim worked for Mr. Ragan for several years prior to and during his nursing education program. Mr. Ragan greatly admired Jim, his determination and his compassion for others. 


Janet McLaughlin/Emiko Yang Scholarship

 Award Amount: 

$1500.00
Semester Available:  Spring
Selection Criteria: Applicant must have achieved a 3.0 or higher GPA
Applicant must be a Junior or Senior
Applicant must demonstrate in their essay their dedication to the ideals of nursing and how they are a strong patient advocate
Program of Study: Any undergraduate nursing program

Janet R. McLaughlin graduated from the Methodist Medical Center School of Nursing in 1956. She spent several years as a nurse educator, in addition to serving as the Director of Methodist School of Nursing from 1984-1996. She currently resides in Morton, Illinois. A dear friend of Jan's established this scholarship. This scholarship will be available every year, beginning in the fall of 2002 (even years for Janet McLaughlin and odd years for Emiko Yang).


Jeanine Spain Scholarship

 Award Amount:  Varies by year, minimum award $1000
 Semester Available:  Beginning Spring 2017
Selection Criteria: Student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 throughout their final two years of BSN program at Methodist College
Is a single parent with financial need
Desires to become employed by UnityPoint Health-Peoria and begin their career working at the bedside. Demonstrates through their scholarship application essay that they exhibit a commitment to advancing nursing with passion, innovation, advocacy and leadership keeping patients at the center of all we do. 
Program of Study:  BSN Nursing Program

The Jeanine Spain Scholarship was established by Jeanine Spain in 2015. Jeanine is a graduate of the Methodist School of Nursing diamond jubilee class in 1975. Jeanine began her nursing career at Methodist Hospital (UnityPoint Health) as a bedside nurse on 4 Hamilton which was a 54 bed med-surg unit.

Jeanine's nursing career was predominately in critical care which was her passion and opened the door to many different roles.  Opportunities to expand into different roles such as  charge nurse,  manager, director of nursing and other departments within the hospital to her current role as Chief Nursing Officer for UnityPoint Health Peoria.

Methodist has been generous to Jeanine, assisting her to achieve her educational advancement from a BSN to a Master's degree. These milestones were achieved because of the commitment UnityPoint Health makes to their employees to assist them in achieving their goals.

Jeanine wants to assist by giving back to an individual who is pursuing their nursing dream. This individual must be entering their third year at the Methodist College and meet the criteria to be eligible for the Jeanine Spain Scholarship.


John Cation Scholarship

 Award Amount:  $500.00
Semester Available:  Spring
Selection Criteria: Is in good academic standing
Has financial need
Is a non-traditional student and a parent
Has a part-time job
Demonstrated through their scholarship application essay that they have financial need 
Program of Study: An individual who is in their senior year of the BSN Program at Methodist College 

The John Cation Scholarship was established in August of 2016 to provide to financial assistance to a Methodist College Nursing Student. 


JoAnn Landis Semelroth Memorial Scholarship

 Award Amount: 

$500.00
Semester Available: Spring
 Selection Criteria: Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
Applicant must be a Junior or Senior
Applicant's references should reflect their exceptional level of compassion and skill and caring for patients
Program of Study: Any undergraduate nursing program

JoAnn Landis Semelroth was born in Kewanee, IL on June 4, 1927. After graduating from Kewanee High School in 1945, she began attending what was then Methodist Hospital Training School and graduated in 1948. She began her career as a Registered Nurse at Kewanee Hospital and then returned to Peoria in about 1950 to work at Methodist Hospital. JoAnn served as a Head Nurse on the Surgical Recovery Unit on 8 Glen Oak and also on a medical floor that was then called 5 West. JoAnn left Methodist for about 2 years in the mid-60's to serve as Head Nurse at Highview Nursing Home in Peoria. JoAnn returned to Methodist in 1967 as a Clinical Instructor at the Methodist School of Nursing. After 22 years of teaching over 1,085 students, she retired in 1989. 

JoAnn practiced as a Registered Nurse for over 40 years, working for 37 of those years at Methodist. Throughout her career, she demonstrated an exceptional capacity for compassion and advocacy in caring for patients and teaching student nurses. JoAnn received several awards during her career at Methodist such as Employee of the Month, Nurse of the Year and Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. JoAnn's granddaughter, Jenna Darnell, is also a nurse and graduated from Methodist College with her BSN in 2011. JoAnn passed away at the age of 86 years on February 19, 2014. This scholarship has been established by her children, family members and friends as a Memorial Tribute to honor JoAnn's memory, her kind and giving spirit, and her Nursing career.


Joyce and Michael Cashman Scholarship

 Award Amount: $1000.00
 Semester Available: Spring
Selection Criteria: Applicant must complete the scholarship application
Program of Study: Any undergraduate nursing program

Marie Fortino Scholarship

 Award Amount:  $700.00
Semester Available:  Spring
 Selection Criteria: Complete the scholarship application
Program of Study: Any nursing students

Marie Fortino received her nursing diploma from Mt. Carmel Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas in 1936. A small town girl from southeastern Kansas, Marie knew in high school that she wanted to become a nurse. At Mt. Carmel, Marie and the other students lived on the top floor of the hospital. They rotated in service according to seniority and were assigned to night duty three months at a time. In due course, Marie passed her state boards and became a registered nurse. In Marie's own words, "Times were hard and jobs were scarce. I was fortunate to be hired in a small hospital in Belleville, Kansas 400 miles from home. My dream had become a reality." A year later, she moved to Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, medical advances were taking place. The first successful lung transplant was performed while Marie was at Barnes, and penicillin was in early stages of use. After two years Marie relocated to Burge Hospital in Springfield, Missouri as a supervisor so that she could be closer to her family. In 1943 Marie married and, as was customary at the time, resigned from nursing to care for her husband and home. In time, two daughters were born. She retained her interest in medicine and participated in the original trial of the Salk vaccine for polio. After her daughters were in high school, Marie completed refresher courses, renewed her nursing license and rejoined her chosen profession. "It was a shock," Marie told her daughters, "to learn the advancement and changes made in the twenty years I had not worked." She accepted a part-time position in a psychiatric ward and from there in 1964 became a school nurse in a disadvantaged area. She spent much of her time educating parents, teachers and children about the importance of health care and about how to take responsibility for their own health. In 1975, Marie heard about a college degree program called "University without Walls." She and her supervisor worked with Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas to establish a similar program for nurses in the Wichita area. In 1977, through this program, Marie earned her Bachelor Degree in Nursing. Marie Fortino died in 1997. She was the first generation in her family to earn a college degree. She became a nurse during the Depression, when there was no money and it was almost unheard of for women to work outside the home. She worked in segregated, underprivileged communities before integration and equal treatment became law. She helped create an innovative way for Kansas nurses to earn college degrees without interrupting their careers. All her life Marie Fortino served others, maintained awareness of medical advances, and followed her dreams. This scholarship was established by her daughter to honor her actions, her memory and to provide other aspiring nurses the opportunity to pursue their dreams.


Marlene Mossberger Woodfill, PhD Scholarship

 Award Amount: $1000.00
Semester Available:  Spring
Selection Criteria: Applicant must have achieved a 3.0 or higher GPA
Applicant must be a Junior or Senior
Applicant's essay should reflect their desire to work in mental health or in-school health nursing
Program of Study: Any undergraduate nursing program

Marlene Mossberger grew up in Streator, Illinois and was a 1952 graduate of the Methodist School of Nursing. She was a Staff Nurse, Head Nurse and Nursing Supervisor at various locations from 1952 - 1970. Dr. Mossberger returned to school in 1965 and earned the following degrees: Bachelor of Science in Education (Major: Health Education) in 1968, Master of Arts (Major: Health Education) in 1973 and Doctor of Philosophy (Major: Health Education, Minor: Curriculum) in 1986. Dr. Mossberger's PhD. Dissertation was a history of School Nursing: The Role of the Nurse in the School Setting: An Historical View As Reflected in the Literature from 1902 Through 1982. The American School Health Association published a condensed version of this dissertation in 1991. A copy of this book can be found in the Methodist College Historical Collection. Dr. Mossberger married Charles Woodfill in 1956 and they raised one daughter. She retired from active nursing in 1992. Marlene passed away in 2015.  


Mary Jane Dowling Scholarship

 Award Amount:  $800.00
Semester Available:  Spring
Selection Criteria:  Applicant's essay should reflect their character, demonstrate their skills in patient care and their interest to work in the mental health field.
 Program of Study: Any undergraduate nursing program

Mary Jane (Young) Dowling was raised as an only child in Morrison, a small town in Northern Illinois. She graduated in the high school class of 1964 as Valedictorian and received a full ride scholarship to attend Illinois Wesleyan University from where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1968. In return for her scholarship, she was required to work as an RN at an Illinois Department of Mental Health facility for 3 years. She chose Peoria State Hospital in Bartonville (hospital closed in 1972) and she has many fond yet some scary memories of her time there.

After the birth of her first son in 1971, she came to Methodist Hospital to work in Obstetrical Nursing. Shortly thereafter, she transferred to the School of Nursing to teach psychiatric nursing (many exciting clinical areas) and eventually became the recruiter in 1987 after having finished her MSN in Community Health Nursing at Lewis University.

Mary Jane enjoyed 40 years at Methodist College of Nursing (now Methodist College) before she retired in 2012. She loved meeting new people and working with students. Her biggest accomplishment, besides raising two wonderful sons (Mike and Matt), is the legacy she feels when she encounters a former Methodist graduate who is doing well in the nursing field and may be her health care resource now.
Mary Jane lives in the Peoria area and loves to be somewhat involved in MC activities and volunteering at Unity Point Health--Methodist. She is now traveling a lot and especially going to see her 5, so very special, grandchildren in Greenville, SC. She feels very blessed to have had so many wonderful mentors and years at MSON and MCON and continues to be excited about the future of nursing and nursing education at MC. 


Methodist Alumni Scholarship

 Award Amount:  $1000.00
 Semester Available:  Fall and Spring
 Selection Criteria: 
  • 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Application essay must speak to individual having high moral character and being employed during the school year.
 Program of Study: Any student enrolled in the traditional four-year Nursing program

Methodist Alumni Scholarship was established by an anonymous donor to benefit students who work while attending Methodist College. 


Methodist College Bachelor of Science in Health Science Scholarship

 Award Amount:  $1000.00
 Semester Available:  Fall and Spring
Selection Criteria: Applicant must have a 2.5 GPA or higher
Program of Study: Any Methodist College BSHS student


Methodist College Exploring Scholarship

Award Amount:  

$1000.00
Semester Available: 

Fall and Spring*

Selection Criteria:  Award recipient must be a student who is a graduate of Quest Charter Academy High School. Award recipient must have actively participate in the Exploring Program for a minimum of one academic year prior to their acceptance to Methodist College.
 Program of Study:  Any 4 year program

The Methodist College Exploring Scholarship was established in 2014 as part of the college's continued commitment to providing Healthcare Education to the Peoria Community and its partnership with Quest Charter Academy High School.


Methodist College Freshman Scholarship

 Award Amount:  $1000.00
Semester Available:  Fall and Spring
Selection Criteria:  Applicant must have a 3.0 or higher GPA
Program of Study: Any Methodist College Freshman


Methodist College Graduate School Scholarship

 Award Amount:  $1000.00
Semester Available: Fall and Spring
Selection Criteria: Applicant must have a 2.5 or higher GPA
Program of Study: Any Methodist College Graduate School Student


Methodist College Nursing Scholarship (This endowed scholarship was established by an anonymous donor to assist nursing students.)

 Award Amount:  $1000.00
 Semester Available:  Spring
 Selection Criteria: Must complete the scholarship application
Program of Study:  Any Junior or Senior in the BSN program


Methodist College RN-BSN Scholarship

 Award Amount:  $1000.00
Semester Available:  Fall and Spring
Selection Criteria: Applicant must have a 2.5 GPA or higher
Program of Study: Any Methodist College RN-BSN student

Methodist College Sophomore Scholarship

 Award Amount:  $1000.00
Semester Available:  Fall and Spring
 Selection Criteria: Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA or higher
Program of Study: Any Methodist College Sophomore


Millard J. Koch Scholarship

 Award Amount:  $1000.00
Semester Available: Spring
 Selection Criteria: Any nursing student with an expressed interest in Obstetrics
Program of Study:  BSN Nursing

This scholarship was established in 1977 by Millard J. Koch in thanks for the care his wife received as she was dying and to honor his sister, E. Hazel Koch who taught in the Methodist School of Nursing. Miss Koch was the OB instructor and "lived for Methodist". She even had her office in the hospital.


Moris A. Adland, MD Scholarship

 Award Amount:  $1500.00
Semester Available:  Fall
 Selection Criteria:  The scholarship will be awarded to the senior applicant with the highest GPA
Program of Study: Any nursing program

Dr. Adland practiced at Methodist and was active on the medical and dental staff. He was also actively involved in the establishment of the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate in Peoria at Methodist Hospital. He was a Family Practice Physician. This scholarship was established by his family to honor his memory in 1984.


Adlai and Dorothy Munday Scholarship

 Award Amount:  Varies by y ear, minimum award $2000
Semester Available:  Spring
 Selection Criteria:  Junior or Senior year of BSN program at Methodist College
Is in good academic standing
Shows a financial need
Exhibits in their scholarship application essay that they strive for excellence, demonstrate compassion, and show empathy in their daily life.
Program of Study:
BSN program

The Adlai and Dorothy Munday Scholarship was established by their children to honor the legacy of their parents.  Dorothy graduated from Methodist School of Nursing.  In the course of her career Dorothy headed the Cardiac Care Unit at DuPage Memorial Hospital in Elmhurst, Illinois, and developed the Utilization Review Unit at Iowa Lutheran Hospital in Des Moines, Iowa.  Through conversations with her caregivers in her last year of life, Dorothy inspired a CNA to go back to nursing school for her RN.  "Things can't always be fixed," she said, "but there can be healing."

Together, Adlai and Dorothy were advocates for education.  They valued clear thinking, decision making and hard work.  "Can't never did anything" was Adlai's motto.  The Munday children and their spouses hope that this scholarship will provide the financial support necessary for a nursing student to complete their studies and contribute to the well-being of others.  Their parents taught them the value of developing expertise, nurturing empathy, and demonstrating compassion, and they want to encourage these values in the next generation of nurses.  


PNC Endowed Scholarship

 Award Amount: 

$1000
Semester Available:  Beginning Fall 2016
Selection Criteria: 
  • Is in good academic standing
  • Shows a financial need
  • Is from Central Illinois and intends to remain and work in Central Illinois following graduation
 Program of Study: BSN program

The PNC Endowed Scholarship was established during 2015 by PNC in Peoria as response to a request from the Foundation and in support of the Methodist College Expansion Campaign.  An individual who is in their first semester of a BSN Program at Methodist College (this includes the traditional 4 year program, Second Degree Program and RN-BSN Program) and meets the following award criteria shall be eligible to receive the PNC Scholarship. Should the recipient maintain the qualifications listed below and reapply each semester; the PNC Scholarship will follow them through their entire BSN program. *maximum of 8 semesters.


Ron Taylor Memorial Scholarship

 Award Amount:  $500.00
Semester Available:  Fall
Selection Criteria:
  • Applicant must be a Junior or Senior enrolled in the Nursing Program
  • Applicant must have achieved a 3.0 or higher GPA
Program of Study: Any Nursing program


Ronald Dean Taylor was adopted at 21 days old and was the joy of his parents' lives. His mental illness symptoms did not emerge until his middle school years. It took many years to diagnose and find medications to help control the symptoms. After living in group homes and going to therapy, he advanced enough to live in his own apartment for 18 ½ years. He learned to understand his illness and accept it. He learned which was which of his many medications and was good at keeping his appointments. Ron had a very loving personality and loved being around people. He was a very loving son, brother, nephew and cousin. He always took the time to help his parents as he could and called them daily. He died on July 14, 2009, three days before his 50th birthday.

This scholarship was established by his mother, Marjorie Taylor in hopes that this award can encourage a nursing student to study, learn and go into the field of mental health. Working in this field can help many people with disabilities live a happy and healthy life.


Rose Emma and Lester Ackerman Scholarship

 Award Amount:  $1000.00
Semester Available:  Fall
Selection Criteria:  Applicant must have a GPA of 2.6 or higher
Program of Study: Any Nursing program

This scholarship award was established by the children of Rose and Lester to honor their memory. Son, Owen Ackerman, has been an active member of the Methodist Health Services Board and the Methodist Medical Center Foundation Board and daughter, Carol Ackerman Reynolds (Mrs. Warren) has worked tireless for Methodist as a member of the Service League.


Rosemarie Murdock Memorial Scholarship

 Award Amount:  $500.00
Semester Available:  Fall
Selection Criteria: 
  • Applicant must have achieved a 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Applicant must be a Junior or Senior enrolled in the BSN program
 Program of Study Any undergraduate Nursing program

Rosemarie Ewing Murdock grew up in Central Illinois graduating from Bradford High School in 1951. She enrolled at the Methodist Medical Center School of Nursing and graduated in October 1954. She met her husband Charles while attending classes at Bradley University. They raised two daughters, Kristie and Kelli. Rosie was a Registered Nurse for 48 years and a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner for 27 years. She was a staff nurse with Dr. Dean Bordeaux from 1956 to 1976. For 23 years, she was a Clinical Instructor on the faculty of the Family Practice Residency Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and Methodist Medical Center. Rosie developed and coordinated community health care clinics at the downtown YWCA and B'Nai B'rith Senior Retirement Home. She worked as a nurse practitioner at the Methodist Women's Health Center. Rosie was greatly respected by her co-workers at Methodist. She was awarded the Methodist Medical Center "I Care" employee of the month award in 1979 and again in 2001. In 1996 she was awarded the Methodist School of Nursing "Outstanding Alumna of the Year" award. Rosie was also selected one of WEEK's "Central Illinois' 25 Women in Leadership" in 2001. 

Rosemarie Murdock's faith and her dedication to nursing combined to give her a very special and unique ministry. She was always caring, available and showed unconditional acceptance to her patients. She volunteered for many organizations throughout her life and had a love for learning, gardening, art, crafts and adventure. Rosie lost her battle with cancer in April 2003. Her memorial contributions and contributions from her daughters and their families have made this scholarship possible.

In 2013 UnityPoint Health - Methodist honored the memory of Rosemarie Murdock by naming the newly established Advanced Practitioner of the Year Award after her. The Rosemarie Murdock Advanced Practitioner of the Year award is given out yearly at the UnityPoint Health - Methodist employee banquet.


Velma Kneer Larson Scholarship

 Award Amount:  $1000.00
Semester Available:  Spring
Selection Criteria: 
  • Applicant must have achieved a 3.0 or higher GPA
  • Application must be a Junior or Senior
  • Applicant's essay should reflect their interest in public health nursing
 Program of Study:  Any Nursing program


Wendy Michelle Curtis Underwood Memorial Scholarship

 Award Amount:  $500.00
 Semester Available:  Fall
Selection Criteria:
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Applicants essay should illustrate their desire to teach nursing education 
Program of Study:  Any Nursing program

Wendy Michelle Underwood was born February 22, 1973, the youngest of three brothers and three sisters. She was always the "little mother" loving and caring for her family. When Wendy was 10, she helped take care of her sister Cheryl's baby, who was born with nephrotic syndrome. His death on her eleventh birthday had a profound affect on her.

Wendy was a diligent hard working student and received honors in grade school and the Sterling Merit Award in high school. At age thirteen she was a volunteer at Methodist on the Rehab Unit where her mother, Jane was Coordinator. Working with her mother and sister who were both Registered Nurses impacted Wendy's career goals. She decided nursing was where she could make a difference in people's lives. She developed seizures of unknown origin when she was fifteen which made her even more determined to reach her goal.

At seventeen she fell in love with her brother's best friend, Matt, who was in the Army. On graduation day from Ranger Training, while parachuting, high winds blew him and others into a hillside. Matt's pelvis and leg were shattered. Wendy was the caretaker again and nursed him back to health. Matt and Wendy were married in October 1991. Wendy became a Nursing Assistant at Methodist and attended the Methodist School of Nursing from 1993 through 1995. Luke was born in 1998 with heart problems and required open heart surgery and Sabrina was born in 2000. Wendy loved being a wife, mother and nurse. Although Luke and Sabrina lost their mom at a young age, their bond with her was very strong. Wendy, by example, taught them valuable lessons that will be with them for their lifetime. She worked on the Oncology, Respiratory, Rehabilitation and Transitional Care Units where she gave outstanding care to her patients until December 17, 2004.

Her co-workers, supervisors and several physicians who worked with her shared the following thoughts about Wendy after her death. Her mother Jane was proud and gratified to learn that they saw and appreciated Wendy as the person and nurse she was. "Wendy was a dedicated nurse committed to giving outstanding patient care to the first patient's life she touched as a volunteer to the last one as a nurse on December 17, 2004." "Wendy loved bedside nursing and was always supportive of the team. She was there for all the staff when needed." "She would go the extra mile and whatever she did, she did well." "Wendy was a mentor and strong patient advocate." "Wendy was the best!" She was not afraid or hesitant to call physicians and was respected for this dedication to her patients.

Wendy met life with a sense of humor, an infectious laugh, hugs for others, a loving family and a strong faith in God. It is the hope of Wendy's family that the recipient of The Wendy Underwood Memorial Scholarship will have the same passion and dedication to nursing as Wendy did. This scholarship is her family's way of continuing to touch other people's lives with her legacy as Wendy did each and every day.


William Johnston Memorial Scholarship

 Award Amount:  $1000.00
Semester Available:  Spring
Selection Criteria:  Minimum GPA of 2.5
Applicant's essay should illustrate their desire to teach nursing education
Program of Study Any Nursing student

William Johnston worked as an educator in his hometown, Clearfield Pennsylvania. A lifelong educator Bill, as he was known, began his career as a Social Studies teacher at Clearfield Area High School in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. He went on to become Vice Principal and Principal of the High School and Superintendent of the Clearfield Area School District. He completed his career in education as the Executive Director of the Central Intermediate unit. A lifelong supporter of higher education Bill was integral in bringing the first college to Clearfield, a branch campus of the Lock Haven State University of Pennsylvania. The first program in the new university was a nursing program. Bill helped many high school students achieve their dreams of a college degree by assisting them in gaining admission to college. He was the father of Dr. Kimberly Johnston President of Methodist College.