Scholarships for Level 2 students:
Sister Blanche McDonnell Scholarship $500: Bethany Robeaux
Sister Blanche was the director of the School of Nursing from 1963 to 1980. Her innovative leadership was pivotal for the school, paving the way to create the modern Charity School of Nursing of today. She forever changed the face of the student body by enrolling African Americans, men and married students. She was the force behind the construction of the Education Building in the 1970s. Sister Blanche was uniquely caring, and a true student advocate. She was a real visionary. Sister passed away in 2012, still vibrant at the age of 92. The Alumni Association established this scholarship to honor this extraordinary educator.
Gloria Redmond Ashman Scholarship $500: Laurie Siekkinen
Gloria Redmond Ashman graduated from Charity Hospital School of Nursing in 1948, part of the Cadet Nurse Corps in World War II. She went on to serve in U. S. Air Force, then worked as a nurse in hospitals around the world. Gloria has been a generous contributor to the Scholarship Fund because the Cadet Nurse Corps enabled her to become a nurse and she wanted to “pay it forward” by helping current students. In recognition of her support, the Alumni Association created this scholarship in her honor a few years ago, and we are sad to say that Gloria passed away in June of this year at the age of 90.
Joan Bero Scholarship $500: Kashanda Foley
Joan Bero graduated from the School of Nursing in 1963. She worked as a nurse and nursing administrator for many years. She is a strong supporter of the Charity Alumni Association, and says, “I look back over my career and absolutely believe that Charity School of Nursing was the foundation! There is no way that I can ever repay the school, my instructors, the hospital for my education except in some small way by paying it forward and supporting the Alumni Association and the students of Charity School of Nursing.” In recognition of her continuing generous support, the Alumni Association has named this scholarship in her honor.
Class of 9-11-64 Scholarship $500: Gary Pierce
Last year Class of 1964 friends Judy Quigley, Marilee Phillips and Charlotte Guinn were making plans to visit their classmate Estelle Rome in Birmingham, Alabama. They wanted to present Estelle and her husband with a gift and decided the best gift would be one that helped current Charity students. So they created a scholarship named after their Class of 9/11/1964. The first award this semester is in honor of Estelle and her husband Robert, and their seventeen classmates who have passed away.
Scholarships for Level 3 students:
Leona Kruebbe Hilbert Scholarship $500: Ahoefa Agbobli
Leona Hilbert graduated from Charity Hospital School of Nursing in 1946. She later served as an Assistant Instructor in Nursing Arts at Charity. Upon her death in November 2013, her family created the Leona Hilbert Scholarship at Charity School of Nursing in her honor. When her husband Dr. Gerard Hilbert died a short time later, donations in his honor his name were added to the scholarship. Leona’s oldest daughter Karen passed away this past year and the Hilbert family made generous donations to the fund in her memory to support the students of Charity.
Sister Laurentia Walsh Scholarship $500: Brandyn Filerman
Known as the "Angel in White," Sister Laurentia was a Daughter of Charity and Night Supervisor of nurses at Charity Hospital for 31 years. She worked seven days a week, making rounds of every unit in the hospital, giving out sandwiches, snacks and drinks to the night shift. Even after being confined to a wheelchair, she continued to visit patients. She passed away in 1973 at Charity Hospital. The Alumni Association dedicates this scholarship to the memory of this nurse known as the “Angel in White.”
Sister Camilla Gaudin Scholarship $500: William Pellegrin
Sister Camilla Gaudin joined the Daughters of Charity in 1935. She served as supervisor of the orthopedic department at Charity Hospital for 32 years, then spent another 18 years at Charity Hospital serving as patient liaison. Though not a graduate of the School of Nursing, Sister Camilla was named an Honorary Member of the CHSN Alumni Association. Sister Camilla died in 2010, and a scholarship was established in honor of this beloved member of the Charity community by Charity alumni Mary Smith Singletary '49 and Saundra Owens Roberts '56 who worked with Sister Camilla.
Hugh and Maria Garcia Roach Scholarship $1000: Amanda Weinberger
Maria Garcia was born in Mexico, the daughter of a doctor and civil rights activist. Maria graduated from Charity Hospital School of Nursing in 1938 and trained as a Nurse Anesthetist at Charity Hospital. She went on to teach anesthesia to medical students and physicians at Tulane University School of Medicine. She earned her private pilot license in 1938, and in World War II joined the Army Air Corps Medical Air Evacuation system and received her military pilot wings. She served in North Africa, Asia and Europe as a nurse and relief pilot and later became an instructor in air evacuation. A decorated Army Air Corps officer, Maria continued to serve her country in the State Department after the war. Maria’s husband Hugh Roach was a British Foreign Service officer and became a United Nations representative for Canada. When Hugh died, Maria created a scholarship fund in both their names at Charity School of Nursing. We are sad to say that Maria passed away in March at the age of 102.
Scholarships for Level 4 students:
Margaret Robichaux Elliott Scholarship $500: Alexa Mora
Margaret Elliott graduated from Charity in 1949. She was a staff nurse on the urology ward at Charity, was promoted to head nurse on orthopedics. She moved to Ohio with her husband and had six children. She volunteered for the Red Cross Blood Bank and assisting in my husband's medical practice. Margaret now lives in Florida, and says, “I have wonderful memories of Charity Hospital and the sisters that taught me. I loved being a nurse and am grateful for the education I received.” Margaret’s very generous donations make this scholarship possible.
Mary Ann Signorelli Whynot Scholarship $500: Angele Rains
Mary Ann Signorelli was part of the Cadet Nurse Corps and graduated in 1946. She served as ship’s nurse on Navy transports carrying displaced persons from Europe to the US, Canada, Australia and South America after World War II, and that’s where she met a navigation officer named Richard Whynot, her future husband. They both served in the US Army and Navy Military Sea Transportation Services during the Korean War. Mary Ann worked as a nurse at Charity Hospital, and around the country. After retiring, Richard became a researcher and lecturer on military and Spanish Colonial history, and Mary Ann served as a volunteer nurse for the American Red Cross. Mary Ann passed away in 2003 and Richard created a scholarship for Charity nursing students in her memory. Richard passed away just this past fall, and his family asked that donations in his honor be made to Mary Ann’s Scholarship.
Joycelyn Jeansonne Scholarship $500: Melissa Mueller
This scholarship was established by Dr. Kevin Jeansonne, the spouse of Joycelyn Jeansonne, who graduated in 1979, and is an active member and leader in the Alumni Association. Dr. Jeansonne firmly believes in the importance of scholarships to help dedicated students and, at a time when the Alumni Association only offered one scholarship, he decided that we should offer more. He committed to supporting this scholarship every semester. Though not limited to students interested in pursuing a career in Pediatrics, the scholarship seeks to encourage those students because of Joycelyn’s love of that field.
Sally Cooper Alumni Association Scholarship $1000: Shelley Blanda
This scholarship was established by the Alumni Association in honor of Sally Cooper, Class of ‘59. Sally taught at Charity Hospital School of Nursing for many years and, in 1980, became Director of the School of Nursing. She was the first Director who was also a Charity graduate. Sally led the school through the merger of Charity Hospital School of Nursing with Delgado Community College, creating the Charity School of Nursing of today. Sally is remembered for her leadership and dedication to the school, its students, faculty and staff. She was also an active member of our Alumni Association for many years.
Sally retired in 1992, and the Cooper Scholarship was established by the Alumni Association so that she could enjoy our appreciation of all she did for Charity while she was alive. Sally passed away in 2012 and is still greatly missed by the many friends she made throughout the years at Charity School of Nursing.
Allyson J. Dean Pin Award: Karen Bonilla
Allyson was the sister of Charity faculty member Ms. Jonnie Mose. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother and made it her life’s mission to be a caregiver to elderly family members and friends. She died in January at the age of only 56.
Arthur Joseph DeLima Jr. Pin Award: Magan Resendez
Mr. DeLima was the father of CSN faculty member Ms. Michelle DeLima. Ms. DeLima says that her dad was the reason she went to nursing school and is the nursing leader she is today.
Carolyn Schwarz Myers Pin Award: Natashia Swan
Mrs. Myers was an energetic volunteer for her community who served as the president of the St. Dominic’s Mother's Club, as a Liturgical and Eucharistic minister and was on the board of the Friends Alliance of the Mentally Ill. She received the Order of St. Louis medallion from Archbishop Phillip Hannan in 1986. She also raised nine children, and instilled the value of education in all of them. She was the mother of Charity School of Nursing Dean Dr. Cheryl Myers.
The following Pin Award is for a friend of the alumni who has passed away:
Mary Etta Authement Pin Award: Kevin Ayestas
Mary Etta was a good friend of the Alumni Association. An accomplished artist, she created numerous works for the Alumni Association, from etched glassware, to the 2010 Homecoming program cover, to a painting of the Sister Stanislaus Memorial dorm. Mary Etta passed away in February, and the Alumni Association established this Pin Award in her honor. She was the younger sister of Charity graduate Margaret Palmisano, Class of ’49 and the mother of Charity student Robin Holliday.