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The following donors support scholarships for nursing students at Indiana State University:

Mildred R. Bennett

Dr. Bennett was born in 1924 and attended Fontanet, Indiana Public Schools. She received a Diploma from Union Hospital School of Nursing in Terre Haute, Indiana, in 1945, and began practicing as an obstetrical and operating room staff nurse. In 1955, she earned a B.S. Degree in Nursing from Indiana State University and in 1959, she received an MSN degree from Indiana University. In 1976, she entered the doctoral program while holding a full-time position as Director, School of Nursing at Lakeview Medical Center, Danville, Illinois. In 1979, she became Dean of Nursing Education for Illinois Eastern Community College in Olney, Illinois. She completed her education with a Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Illinois in 1983.  She held memberships in the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and the Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society. Dr. Bennett was an active member of several nurses’ associations and served on various nursing boards in the state of Illinois.   Dr. Bennett died in March 2003. This scholarship was established in 1991 through a very generous donation by an anonymous donor to honor the life and achievements of Mildred Rose Harbrueger Bennett. 

Marie Bettenbrock

This scholarship was established from a bequest in the will of Marie Bettenbrock. She received her nursing education at St. Luke's in St. Louis, and was a surgical nurse for many years. It was her wish to help nursing students by establishing a scholarship. Mrs. Bettenbrock died September 1995.

Robert D, and Hazel M. Dickson

This scholarship was established in 1988 by Mr. and Mrs. W. Richard Kirk in honor of Mrs. Kirk's parents, Robert and Hazel Dickson. Mr. Kirk died in August 1993 and Mrs. Kirk died in July 2004.

Lois E. Graesch

Lois E. and George Graesch established this Scholarship in November 2002. Lois was born in Kansas, Illinois and graduated from Union Hospital School of Nursing in 1943. She worked at the University of Michigan Hospital, Charleston Community Hospital, and Union Hospital and the Associated Physicians and Surgeons Clinic in Terre Haute. In 1944, Lois married George Graesch, emeriti professor of music at ISU.  Mrs. Graesch died in December 2005.

Rose Griffy

This memorial fund was established in 1967 by Al Griffey in memory of his wife, Rose, whose untimely death occurred as the result of an automobile accident. Mrs. Griffey's devotion and dedication to nursing prompted her family and friends to provide the scholarship for needy students in the ISU nursing program.


This scholarship was established in 1969 by the Vigo County Tuberculosis Society in memory of the late Louis F. Keifer, long-time resident of Terre Haute, who was head of the Tribune-Star Publishing Company for many years. Mr. Keifer was a very active member of the Vigo County Tuberculosis Society and had served as president of the society for 28 years and as a member of the board of directors for 40 years.

Carl and Margaret Koile

This scholarship was initiated by Mrs. Margaret A. Koile, in memory of her late husband, Carl J. Koile. She funded the scholarship for his perseverance and outstanding contributions to the Vigo County Home as superintendent and co-administrator with his wife, Margaret, from 1960 until 1975. Through his dedication, the reputation of the Home was brought to the highest degree of excellence. His concern for the dignity and rights of every human being was one of his most exemplary virtues. His personal admiration for members of the nursing profession, who are dedicated to compassionate service to the alleviation of human needs, makes this scholarship a continuing contribution to the encouragement of this professional training. The Citizens Committee for the Vigo County Home contributed substantially to the scholarship.

Margaret A. Kruse

This scholarship was established in honor of Margaret Kruse, a graduate of Indiana State University. Mrs. Kruse graduated from Union Hospital in 1928. She worked at Union Hospital as an operating room nurse. Mr. and Mrs. Kruse lived in Terre Haute. Mr. Kruse worked at Hulman and Company. Mrs. Kruse was a professional nurse and maintained an interest in the ISU nursing program as well as the nursing profession throughout her life. She died in October 2000.


This scholarship was established by friends to honor the memory of Phyllis Landini, wife of Richard Landini, eighth president of Indiana State University. Mrs. Landini was a registered nurse, having graduated from the Mary Fletcher School of Nursing at Burlington, Vermont. Throughout her lifetime, she supported study and research in allied health fields. Mrs. Landini also was active in civic and community organizations while assisting her husband during his tenure as president. Mrs. Landini died in March 1992. Dr. Landini died in October 2004.

Werner L. Loewenstein

This scholarship was established in 1990 by family and friends in memory of Dr. Werner L. Loewenstein. He was born in Germany and spent his life as a practicing physician, retiring in 1989 after 53 years in the profession. He served as a major in the Army Medical Corps in Europe during World War II. Dr. Loewenstein was a member and past president of the medical and surgical staff at St. Anthony's and Terre Haute Regional Hospitals. While in Terre Haute, he was also a former Vigo County health officer and past secretary of the Vigo County Board of Health. He died in February 1990.

Daniel Lucky

Daniel LuckyThe Daniel S. Lucky Endowed Scholarship in Nursing was established in May of 2007 following Mr. Lucky's graduation from Indiana State University with a baccalaureate of science degree with a major in nursing.  He has a great concern regarding the need for males in the nursing profession and the current lack of scholarship assistance available to them.  By establishing an endowed scholarship, Mr. Lucky hopes to ease the dilemma by providing financial assistance to male students pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing from Indiana State University.

Earl E. Maynard and Josephine E. Maynard

This scholarship was established in 1992 through a very generous bequest in the will of Mrs. Maynard.  She was a resident of Terre Haute and a long-time employee of the AP& S Clinic.  It was her desire to provide scholarship for students enrolled in the Indiana State University nursing program.  Mrs. Maynard died in December 1991.

Bonnie Peters

The Bonnie J. Peters Scholarship was established in 1999 by the Indiana State Nurses' Association District #3.  The organization renamed their existing scholarship endowment, the School of Nursing District #3 Scholarship, to honor the memory of Bonnie J. Peters.  Additional funds were added to the endowment as the result of a provision in the will of Miss Peters.  She was a faculty member in the Indiana State University School of Nursing for approximately twenty years.  She loved working as a nurse and even more so as a nursing instructor.  Bonnie J. Peters died in September 1998.

Martha J. Pipes

The Martha Pipes Memorial Scholarship was established by Douglas E. Pipes in honor of his mother in April 2004.  Family and friends have also contributed to the scholarship honoring Mrs. Pipe's memory. A graduate of Union Hospital's School of Nursing, Martha was a well-known presence at Union Hospital.  During her time there, she served as head nurse and director of the medical-surgical ward and was instrumental in establishing the ambulatory surgery department.  Pipes, who is remembered fondly by those who worked with her and is described as a well-respected and dependable professional, passed away on July 29, 2003.

Dr. Leah B. Ramer

Leah B. Ramer, R.N.C., Ph.D., is a Professor Emerita of Nursing at Indiana State University. She taught in the School of Nursing from 1970-1995. She was devoted to helping and encouraging nursing students in their academic and professional development. She began the first special clinical sessions for non-traditional nursing students and facilitated the application process to charter ISU’s Lambda Sigma Chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing.

Lee Rees

This scholarship was established by Mr. and Mrs. Leland Rees to provide assistance for worthy Indiana State University students planning a career in nursing. An Indianapolis attorney, Mr. Rees received his baccalaureate degree in 1921 from Indiana State University. Both he and Mrs. Rees maintained an interest in ISU and established the scholarship for students who are willing to work and have a financial need. Mr. Rees died in January 1986 and Mrs. Rees died in March 1994.

Harriet O. Reeves

This scholarship was established with contributions by ISU nursing alumni to honor Dr. Reeves for her concern for and service to the nursing program. Dr. Reeves joined the Indiana State University staff in 1969 and served as dean of the School of Nursing from 1971 to 1975. She was active in community affairs as well as being involved in nursing organizations locally, statewide, and nationally. Dr. Reeves retired in 1982 and died in 1993.

Helen Boswell Robinson

Helen Boswell Robinson was born in Bloomington, Indiana on November 21, 1903. She was a graduate of Methodist Episcopal Hospital School of Nursing in 1925.  She was a resident and nurse in Marion County for 40 years. Her husband, Clyde E. Robinson was a former two-term Treasurer of Marion County, Indiana and president of Marion County State Bank. Helen Boswell Robinson died in Indianapolis on January 10, 1965.

Betty Schobert

This scholarship was established in 1985 by Mrs. Schobert to assist worthy students enrolled in the ISU nursing program. Mrs. Schobert was a native of Brazil, Indiana and a graduate of St. Anthony's Nursing School, formerly located in Terre Haute. As a member of the Army Nurses Corps, Mrs. Schobert served in the European theater during World War II. She practiced as an occupational health nurse at Terre Haute Malleable and Manufacturing Company, retiring after 22 years of service. Mrs. Schobert died in 1986.

Donald E. and Mary Jo Stanley

The Donald and Mary Jo Stanley Scholarship was established in 1989 by Mary Jo Stanley in memory of her husband Donald following his death in 1988. Mr. Stanley was a native of Terre Haute and graduated from Garfield High School. He earned a Baccalaureate Degree in 1931 and Masters Degree in 1945 from Indiana State University. He was a teacher and principal at Fairmount High School prior to accepting a position with Campbell Soup Company where he was a food chemist and ultimately Assistant Director of Product Standards in Camden, New Jersey, until his retirement on November 1, 1973.

Mrs. Stanley is a native of Peru, Indiana and graduated from Chili High School and Central Business College. She served for many years as secretary at Peerless Electric Supply Company and was employed for 28 years with Indiana Security Division where she retired in 1968. Mrs. Stanley died in 1997.

Terre Haute South Lions Club

The Terre Haute South Lions Club, in an effort to encourage and support local individuals who have chosen to pursue a career in nursing or health related fields of study, established the Terre Haute South Lions Club Scholarship. The scholarship is targeted at deserving students enrolled in the nursing program who have graduated from high school in Vigo County.

Doris Stevenson Warren

Mrs. Warren attended Ashboro, IN schools and graduated from Union Hospital in 1928. After three years of nursing at Vermillion County Hospital, she applied for and was accepted as a Registered Nurse in the Bureau of Indian Service. She served in Wisconsin, North Dakota and New Mexico, retiring in 1965 after 30 years of service. She married Martin J. Warren in Sante Fe, New Mexico, in 1942. Mrs. Warren died in January 1990.

Evelyn Reynolds Wible

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Hattie Wyman

Hattie Wyman received a Diploma in Nursing from St. Anthony’s Hospital in 1942. Mrs. Wyman also served as a nurse in the Navy for three years prior to working at the Mary Sherman Hospital in Sullivan, Indiana, as a surgical nurse for 13 years. She began her nursing duties for private physicians (Dukes and Dukes, Inc.) in 1960 until her retirement in February 1989. Mrs. Wyman retired after 44 years of nursing. Retirement has led her and her husband, Harold, to pursue their horse breeding and racing business in Oklahoma. She worked part-time providing care to jockeys and others at the track who needed assistance. She retired at age 80 with current RN licenses in Texas, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Indiana. Mrs. Wyman passed away October 31, 2010 (Danville, IL Commercial-News obituary)