Laurene Ann Opdyke Nursing Scholarship

There are five $2,500 scholarships available.

As of June of this year, there will be five $2,500 scholarships available to those who are either a junior or senior, with a 3.0 in a nursing program leading toward licensure as a professional Registered Nurse.

The goal of this announcement is to get applicants. This is where I need your help. Please forward this announcement to anyone you think could take advantage of this program. This is a sustaining scholarship, if an applicant doesn't qualify this year or doesn't make the cutoff date this year, they can apply next year.

Thank you and advance for your efforts.

A letter from Richard:

Dear Friends of Laurene,

The Laurene Ann Opdyke Nursing Scholarship will be awarding five $2,500 scholarships to nursing students in their junior or senior year. The applicants must be enrolled in a program leading toward licensure as a professional Registered Nurse – either through a bachelor or a diploma nursing program. The scholarship particulars can be found at occf.academicworks.com/opportunities/2478.

My main purpose is to generate awareness, promote interest and, hopefully, encourage qualified applicants for this scholarship. So, if you know of anyone who would qualify for this scholarship, please have them contact the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. To learn more about the application process, go to occf.org, click Scholarships and then click Applicants from the menu. If the applicant needs help, there are names of individuals, their phone numbers and email addresses, who will be most happy to assist the applicant in the application process. For 2021, the application must be in by June 1, 2021.

I chose the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity, because it works with donors and charitable organizations. The Foundation is one of the region’s most trusted and credible charitable organizations. It manages over 1800 funds and has net assets of over $1 billion. More information can be obtained through the Foundations web site: www.occf.org.

As I stated before, my main purpose is to encourage qualified applicants, but if you want to join me in supporting this scholarship, please send your tax-deductible charitable contribution to:

Oklahoma City Community Foundation
P.O. Box 1146
Oklahoma City, OK 73101-1146

Please make a note your donation is for the Laurene Ann Opdyke Nursing Scholarship.

Thank you all,
Richard S. Opdyke

Oklahoma City Community Foundation
Laurene Ann Opdyke Nursing Scholarship

Laurene Ann Opdyke

Mission Statement: The Laurene Ann Opdyke Nursing Scholarship fund was established in 2016 by Richard Opdyke in memorial of his wife, Laurene Ann Opdyke. The scholarship honors the long-time nursing career of Laurene who worked, taught and served as a nurse for over 50 years.

This scholarship is intended to support students pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Nursing during their junior and senior years of schooling at a not-for-profit accredited four-year school. Eligible applicants may also be pursuing a Diploma Nursing Program leading toward licensure as a professional Registered Nurse. Laurene herself attended and graduated from St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing where she received a Diploma in Nursing (now part of the St. Luke's University Health Network); St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing is the oldest nursing school in the country.

Eligibility Requirements of Application:

  • Applicants must be admitted into a bachelor of nursing program/ applicants may apply during their sophomore and/ or junior year of school. Awards are distributed during a recipient's junior and senior years of college.
  • Eligible applicants may also be pursuing a Diploma Nursing Program leading toward licensure as a professional Registered Nurse.
  • Unweighted GPA greater than or equal to 3.0.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with financial need.
  • This award is renewable for up to two consecutive years; an unweighted GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 is required to be considered for renewal.

Preferences in Scholarship Recipient Selection: An eligible applicant must attend a not-for-profit, accredited four-year school in the United States with a BN program. The scholarship selection committee will give equal consideration to academic performance and leadership/ participation in nursing activities and community service. Applicants' essay, resume, transcript, and letter of recommendation will be used to conduct the review.

Other Criteria: Applicants will be required to submit (1) an essay (Topic: TBD), (2) one letter of recommendation from a nursing teacher, academic advisor, or supervisor, (3) a resume, (4) a transcript, and (5) a FAFSA.

Scholarship Type and Status: The Laurene Ann Opdyke Nursing Scholarship is a renewable award for up to two consecutive years; an unweighted GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 is required to be considered for renewal.

Scholarship Recipient Selection Process: Selection process of recipient for this scholarship will occur by the following process: selection by a committee appointed by the Oklahoma City Community Foundation (usually comprised of staff and retired educators).

Read the obituary for Laurene Ann Opdyke.

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