Record-Setting $131,952 in Scholarships Awarded for Rogue Valley Nursing Students

Ashland Community Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce that thirteen worthy candidates have been awarded scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 for the 2020-2021 academic year from The William G. and Ruth T. Evans Endowed Nursing Scholarship.

We would like to congratulate each of the recipients on their significant achievement: Brianna Barnes (not pictured), Shayla Curtis, Lauren Frazier, Abigail Finney, Molly Herod, Melina Lariz, Arika Ledesma (not pictured), Larissa Margason, Jay Parish, Katherine Petrick, Roger Reeves, Andrew Simmons and Elva Valencia. Eligible applicants are students pursuing registered nursing degrees at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) at Southern Oregon University (SOU) or at Rogue Community College (RCC), and intend to work in the Rogue Valley after graduation.

Each year the scholarship selection committee receives a number of applications from qualified students for the highly competitive scholarship. After thoughtful deliberation, the committee was pleased to be able to award $125,000 in scholarships to the chosen students, the largest amount ever granted since the inception of the scholarship program.

We would like to recognize a special contribution this year from the Evans Family, and an estate gift from Barbara Field and the late Sidney Field, which helped significantly increase the size of the scholarships awarded.

An additional $6,952 is scheduled to be awarded to the 16 students in the graduating class of RCC’s Licensed Practical Nursing Program in September. The scholarship will cover the cost of state licensing and exam fees for graduates.

A nurse herself, Ruth Evans, recognized the need for nurses and the importance of education. Mrs. Evans established the nursing scholarship in 2002. Although she passed away in 2013, her legacy continues. Since 2002, 305 scholarships have been awarded to 240 students. The value of those scholarships is in excess of $675,630.

Ashland Community Hospital Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 supporting the healthcare needs of our community including Asante Ashland Community Hospital. Contributions to the foundation are tax-deductible and can be made securely through our website or sent to P.O. Box 98, Ashland, Oregon 97520.