Scholarships for Level 2 students:
Sister Blanche McDonnell Scholarship $500: Mary Billiot
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.
Sister Laurentia Walsh Scholarship $500: Monica Hevessy
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.”
Scholarships for Level 3 students:
Hugh and Maria Garcia Roach Scholarship $1000: Jacob Kindscher
Maria Garcia was born in Mexico, the daughter of a doctor and civil rights activist. Maria graduated from Charity 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. 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. Her husband Hugh Roach was a British Foreign Service officer, and later became a United Nations representative for Canada. When Hugh died, Maria decided to create a scholarship fund in both their names at Charity School of Nursing.
Leona Kruebbe Hilbert Scholarship $500: Stephanie Barrera
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 Camilla Gaudin Scholarship $500: Martynenez Grigsby
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.
Gloria Redmond Ashman Scholarships $500 each:
Desmetris Jones & Kevin Ayestas
Gloria Redmond Ashman graduated from Charity in 1948, part of the Cadet
Nurse Corps in World War II. She went on to served in U. S. Air Force, then
worked as RN across the country - from Alaska to Florida. Gloria continued
nursing career until she was 85, and is still volunteering at age 88. She is a
generous contributor to the Scholarship Fund because the Cadet Nurse Corps
enabled her to become a nurse and she wants to “pay it forward” by helping
current students. In recognition of her support, the Alumni Association named
this scholarship in her honor.
Scholarships for Level 4 students:
Mary Ann Signorelli Whynot Scholarship $500: Aileen Frashier
Mary Ann Signorelli was a World War II Cadet Nurse at Charity Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in 1946. After WWII, she served as ship’s nurse on transports carrying displaced persons from Europe to the US, Canada and other countries. During the Korean War, served as a nurse on ships for the Army Transport Service and USN Military Sea Transport. After retiring, she was a volunteer for the American Red Cross. Upon her death, her husband Richard Whynot established this scholarship in her memory.
Margaret Robichaux Elliott Scholarship $500: Melvina Thomas
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.
Joycelyn Jeansonne Scholarship $500: Molly Taylor
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: Margaret Tully
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.
The Federation of Registered Professional and Licensed Practical Nurses of Charity Hospital was established in the 1970s to give voice and collective bargaining power to the nurses in negotiations to improve patient care, working conditions, schedules, shift differentials and other employment issues. Dues began at 50 cents per pay period and were paid by RNs and LPNs.
When Charity Hospital closed after Hurricane Katrina, the Federation’s last executive council decided that the remaining funds should be used to support nursing education. They chose to donate the money to the Charity Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association, to be used to give an award of $500 each semester to one Charity student in the RN program and one Charity student in the PN program. The students are chosen in a random drawing.
In this way, the dues paid by Charity Hospital nurses will assist the future nurses of the community and keep the spirit of Charity Hospital alive.
The latest recipients for the Federation grants are:
Janice Sullivan – RN Program
Alexis Blake – PN Program