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Why One Alumna is Helping Nursing Students

Kathy Bower

Ensuring that future nurses have scholarships to help them pursue their degrees, Boise State University two-time graduate Kathy Bower, ’75, ’90, has created an estate plan where a portion benefits the fund of her choice – the Friends of Nursing Scholarship.

“Boise State has provided consistent quality nurses for Idaho and beyond,” said Bower. “It is important to contribute to the future of nursing, both as a program and individually.”

As a recipient when she attended Boise State to earn her Associate and Bachelor’s degrees, Bower understands how scholarships help students succeed.

“Without financial help, I would not have been able to go to college. Nursing was the only career path I was interested in,” she said. “Fifteen years later, I received my Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing after four years of part-time classes while I worked at St. Luke’s.”

Investing in a profession that has provided her with a “wonderful career” is important to Bower, and she encourages others to help where they can. Citing the Max Lucado quote, she added, “No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.”

“Boise State is a huge asset to the community,” Bower said. “It is important to support the new generation of nurses.  I have donated to the annual drives for most of my career.  When I started my retirement planning, I included scholarship support so I can contribute to help educate nurses of the future.”

More than half of all nursing students in 2020 applied for some form of financial aid.

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