Record-Setting $81,000 in Scholarships Awarded for Nursing Students

Ruth Evans

Ruth Tucker Evans


Ashland Community Hospital Foundation is pleased to announce that thirteen worthy candidates have been awarded a scholarship for the  2016 – 2017 academic year from The William G. and Ruth T. Evans Endowed Nursing Scholarship.

We would like to congratulate each of the recipients on their achievement: Luis Ayala Rangel, Michelle Benitez, Helen Danson, Rachel Dunn, Ireli Hernandez, Alisha Kerr, Sadie Knights, Lindsay McCreedy, Dan McLaren, Katlin Mostue-Nesbit, Guadalupe Ortiz, Gerhardt Reichenbach, and MariaElena Rivera.

Eligible applicants are students pursuing 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 selection committee receives a number of applications from highly qualified individuals. The committee was pleased to be able to award $81,000 in scholarships to the chosen students, the largest amount ever granted since the inception of the scholarship program.

A nurse herself, Ruth Evans, recognized the need for nurses and the importance of education. Although Mrs. Evans passed away in 2013, her legacy continues in the form of a $2.5 million bequest.

According to Marjorie Lininger, scholarship selection committee chair, “We are fortunate that Mrs. Evans anticipated the current nursing shortage and created a solution.  Because of her forethought, we can provide scholarships that train nurses and encourage them to live in the Rogue Valley.”

Mrs. Evans established the endowed nursing scholarship in 2002. Since that time 148 scholarships have been awarded to 103 students. The value of those scholarships is in excess of $339,400.

Ashland Community Hospital Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 supporting the work of Asante Ashland Community Hospital. Contributions to the foundation are tax-deductible and can be made online or mailed to P.O. Box 98, Ashland, Oregon 97520.