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.
Create a Legacy Through Gift Planning
A bequest is one of the easiest gifts to make.
With the help of an advisor, you can include language in your will to specify a gift to be made to family, friends or Boise State as part of your estate plans. A bequest may be made in several ways:
Gift of a dollar amount
Gift of a percentage of your estate
Gift of a specific asset
One benefit of including us in your estate plans is to further our work in the School of Nursing. Your bequest can be directed to support student scholarships as well as faculty or programs in the school.
Just give us a call and we will help guide you through the process or visit our website to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you.
The School of Nursing is the recipient of generous philanthropic support by many friends, foundations, and alumni. We welcome your involvement in a variety of ways, including leadership, philanthropic support, service, and suggestions to enhance the achievement of our vision for excellence and our connections with alumni. Connect with Heather or Megan (contact information is below) to chat about the many ways you can get involved or support the Boise State School of Nursing.