Elizabeth V. Dempsey Scholarship


Major / Minor Requirements


Class Requirements

Junior or Senior

Minimum GPA Requirement


Financial Need Requirement


Other Criteria

To be used for tuition


Stephanie Boarman is a distance education nursing student in the RN to BS track of the baccalaureate nursing program.  She is married with three children and resides in Brownsburg, Indiana.  Stephanie is a graduate of Indiana State University in 1999 with her Associate Degree with a major in Nursing.  She has been a registered nurse for fourteen years and is currently employed at Hendricks Regional Health in Danville, Indiana in IV therapy.  Stephanie decided to return to school to gain marketability in the nursing profession.  Returning to school has been an eye-opening experience for Stephanie.  It has given her meaning and purpose and renewed her passion for learning.  After obtaining her Baccalaureate of Science degree with a major in Nursing, she plans to continue her education and become a nurse educator.  Stephanie is honored and grateful to be a recipient of the Elizabeth V. Dempsey scholarship.   

Jeanette Boyd noted that returning to school as an adult poses several challenges including financial problems. She is returning to school to further her career as a nurse. Because she was raising three children and previously married to a service member, she waited to return to school and pursue nursing as a career. Her hope was that she would be in a better position to successfully return and finance her education. Jeanette currently works full-time as an LPN in an occupational health setting, and has two adult children living as well as two grandchildren living with her. She provides the majority of support for all of them and the assistance provided by this scholarship is greatly appreciated. Following graduation, Jeanette plans to work in both the ICU and occupational medicine.
She expresses her gratitude for this generous gift and support.

Erica Callum has been an LPN for 3 years and has a previous Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Colorado.  Prior to obtaining her nursing license she was a United States Navy Corpsman for over 9 years serving with various U.S. Marine units deployed around the world and in combat zones. She would like to thank the Elizabeth V. Dempsey scholarship for granting her $1,000 so that she can continue her education in such a rewarding career path that she would not otherwise be able to pursue without their help. Upon completion of her B.S. with a major in Nursing, she will be living in Georgia with her husband where she plans to pursue a career in nursing education so that she may continue the legacy her current professors are instilling in her.

Tania Cleaver

Sacha Cowan is a distance education student in the  Baccalaureate Nursing program who resides in Florida.  She is single and enjoys spending time with her 2 young nephews and family.  She obtained her LPN certification in 2009 from Sheridan Technical School in Hollywood, Florida.  Upon receiving her Florida State licensure in practical nursing in 2011, she started her pre-requisite requirements for admission into Indiana State University’s Nursing Baccalaureate LPN-BS distance learning track.  In the spring of 2012 she started her first course at ISU.  Miss Cowan maintains an above average GPA while working full time as a police/fire dispatcher at a law enforcement agency and volunteering her time as the Secretary on the Executive Board of the General Employees Union for the City of Sunrise in Florida.  Her educational goal upon graduation from ISU is to work full time at a local hospital as a registered nurse.  Sacha plans on returning to school after two years to obtain her master’s degree as a Nurse Practitioner specializing in Family medicine.  Her dream is to open a Diabetes Care center - a non-for-profit clinic that assists people living with diabetes to educate, exemplify, and promote diabetics to live their healthiest life.  Miss Cowan thanks Elizabeth V. Dempsey for her generosity of giving the gift of education via scholarship thru ISU’s Foundation Scholarship Program. 

J. Charlene Easley has been a nurse for 21 years. She didn’t start out to be a nurse but faith intervened. Here is her explanation: "I was in my third year of Pharmacy school when I had a car accident that took me out of school for a year. When the doctors released me to start back to school, the classes I needed would not be back in the rotation for another two years.  A friend suggested that I go to nursing school. She elaborated that by the time my pharmacy classes would come back around I would have my Associate in nursing degree and could be working as a nurse while I was finishing my Pharmacy degree.  That was my plan. I graduated from Jefferson State community college in 1992 with my Associate in nursing degree. I never went back to pharmacy school; I believe that nursing was my calling." Charlene returned to school to obtain a Bachelor of Science with a major in nursing degree. She started the RN-BS track of the baccalaureate nursing program in the fall of 2012.  Upon completion of this program, her plans are to continue her education and obtain her Doctorate in Nursing Practice. She has been employed for the past 16 years as a cardiovascular nurse in the Pacemaker Clinic and have specialized in the field of electrophysiology. Upon completion of her education, Charlene plans to continue in the field of cardiovascular nursing as a nurse practitioner and be involved in direct patient care with cardiovascular patients. She says "Thank you very much for the opportunity to continue my education by selecting me as a Elizabeth V. Dempsey scholarship recipient."

Ijeoma Helen Ezemonye
is a long distance LPN/BS track student who resides in Hawthorne California where she works as a home health nurse. She is married and a mother of two girls, has been working as an LPN for 7 years and decided to further her career because she wants to offer more to herself, her family, her patients and would want to become a Nurse Practitioner in the near future. She thanks the Dempsey Scholarship fund from the bottom of her heart for presentimg her with this award and assisting her achieve her dream.

Catherine Kephart is in her junior year at Indiana State University’s nursing program LPN to BS  distance track and she resides in Salem, Oregon.  She plans to graduate in December 2014.  She has been married for 8 years to her high school sweetheart, Travis  and they have five wonderful daughters, Jenna-9, Kelsey-7, Lily-6, Megan-4, Natalie-2 and one very special and longed for son together Owen-1. Nursing has been her dream career for many years and it has been a very long road to get to this point.  She has a strong drive to become a labor and delivery nurse and has a plan to seek further education after graduating to obtain her Master’s in nursing and become a Nurse- Midwife.  Catherine wants to thank the Elizabeth V. Dempsey scholarship foundation for their support and generosity.

Gweon Il Kim is a senior in the LPN-BS track of the baccalaureate nursing program. He is married with two children. His daughter is a junior in the BSN program at Biola University, CA. He works full-time as a charge nurse at a skilled nursing facility while studying. He hopes to work at ER after the nursing program and eventually to become a Nurse Practitioner. His son wants to become a cardiologist and one day to work at the same hospital with his sister and father. Gweon Il Kim really appreciates receiving this scholarship through the Indiana State University Foundation. This scholarship has helped him pursue his dreams regardless of his age. He is doing his best to follow his dreams. He believes that following his heart and dreams is the most important thing in his life and each and every day is blessing from God.

Nevada Owens is a BS student in the nursing distance education track. She is also the mother of four and works full-time at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. Nevada plans to continue her education and obtain an MSN Degree. She hopes to someday work as a Nurse Practitioner in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Riley Hospital. Nevada really appreciates receiving the Elizabeth V. Dempsey scholarship.

Emma Rice is a 33 year old LPN-BS student who works as an OB/GYN nurse in her hometown of Bloomington, IN. She originally earned a BA in Anthropology and History at Indiana University in 2003. After spending two years in the Peace Corps in Uganda working at a rural hospital as a heath educator, she decided a more hands on career was for her. She earned a diploma in Practical Nursing from Ivy Tech in 2011 and has been working full time since. She started the nursing program at Indiana State University in 2012. Her favorite thing about Indiana State is that it provides a high quality program for the non-traditional online transition student. She would like to thank her donors and appreciates all supporters of health programs at Indiana State University. 

Rikee Ricketts is a recipient of the 2013-14 Elizabeth V. Dempsey scholarship. Rikee is 23 years old and from Gibson City, IL. Rikee graduated with her LPN in Fall 2010 and her associate degree RN in Fall 2011. Rikee started her RN-BS program in Fall 2012 and intends to graduate in Fall 2014. Rikee currently works in an Outpatient clinic at Gibson Area Hospital and Health Services where she administers chemotherapy, blood products, and various other infusions/injections. Rikee is also the mother of a one year old son and a three year old daughter who are her motivation.

Amber Varland is currently in her second year at ISU in the LPN to BS track of the baccalaureate nursing program.  Amber has been an LPN for 4 years at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center on the telemetry unit.  She has worked there for a total of 8 years, with 4 years being a CNA.  Amber will be graduating with her BS in the Spring of 2015.  She plans on staying in the acute care setting, eventually being a charge nurse and possibly a nurse manager at some point in her career.  Amber is very grateful and appreciates the help and support of the Elizabeth V. Dempsey scholarship. 

Lindsey M. Whaley is a senior in the LPN to BS track of the baccalaureate nursing program. Lindsey completed her Practical Nursing education in 2006 from Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington, Indiana. Lindsey resides in Ellettsville, Indiana. She is the daughter of Carol C. Whaley. Lindsey is the mother of a busy toddler, Carter (2 ½). She has worked in a variety of settings within the profession of nursing since graduation in 2006. She has worked in long-term care, hospice, pediatric home care, and in an OB/GYN office. Lindsey’s educational goals include completing her BS at Indiana State University and continuing her nursing education. She would like to obtain a dual degree as a FNP/CNM with an emphasis on Women’s Health. Lindsey feels extremely honored and blessed to be the recipient of this scholarship and would like to thank the ISU Foundation and the ISU Nursing Department. 

Tammie Wilson was very pleasantly surprised to receive a scholarship.  As a second-career nurse, beginning the nursing adventure after working in a business field for 20+ years, her goal was to provide the best care for people in the way her father received after being diagnosed and treated for cancer.  With absolutely no healthcare experience walking into the first nursing class to the current and rewarding position of full-time evening-shift charge nurse in a 76-bed long-term care and rehabilitation facility, her life has changed. Continuing education to the Registered Nurse status was always the plan after completing the Licensed Practical Nurse course.  The Indiana State University LPN-BS track of the baccalaureate nursing program has been an amazing journey to that end.  With a great number of college credits accumulated, the BS program was an incredible alternative providing the opportunity to continue to work full time. Many thanks are extended to all who were a part of providing this scholarship.

Christopher Fullerton is a 44-year old living on the north side of Pittsburgh with his partner Scott and their 5 dogs (Babs, Bessie, Bella, Bailey and Buster).  His BS with a major in nursing from Indiana State University will be his second bachelor's degree, the first obtained in 1990 from the University of Redlands in southern California in Ecology and Environmental Policy Studies.  He worked for many years in the field of sustainable agriculture, managing a marketing co-op of organic farmers for 14 years and, for just 3 years, working as a project manager and webmaster for the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture. Then he had a mid-life crisis and decided that nursing might be a good fit, since he has always liked both science and interacting with people.  He took a year off to get his LPN (graduating in April 2011) and then landed a job in an Assisted Living Facility, where he still works, mostly as overnight Charge Nurse.  Long term, he's  really interested in gerontology, palliative care, nursing research and nursing informatics... but he is still open to the many possibilities out there and could even see himself doing something more "technical" like becoming a nurse anesthetist.  The Elizabeth V. Dempsey scholarship will make a significant contribution toward achieving his goal of a Bachelors of Science with a major in nursing (BS) by the end of 2014, and he is grateful to the donors and the Indiana State University Foundation for everything they do to support nursing students such as himself.