Six nursing students receive $32,850 in scholarships from Simmers trust

Six nursing students receive $32,850 in scholarships from Simmers trust
January 20, 2011

Phil Brozynski
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Lisle, Illinois ~ Six nursing students at Benedictine University have been awarded 2010-2011 Evelyn R. Simmers Scholarships, said Brian Higgerson, D.N.Sc., assistant professor of Nursing. One student will receive $13,500 and five will be awarded $3,870.

The Eveyln R. Simmers Trust was established in 2009 to endow scholarships for students pursuing either a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing from the Department of Nursing at Benedictine University.

The 2010-2011 scholarship recipients are: Mary Ann Collado-Wharton (Norridge); Ana Guler (Norridge); Sonya Guy (Chicago); Jackie Johnson (Jefferson, Ga.); Suzanne Payne (Brookfield); and Donna Perchastsch (Naperville).

Prior to their deaths, Evelyn Simmers and her husband, Wallace, who owned a small manufacturing company in Chicago, were well-known for their support of hospital activities and programs. Both succumbed to cancer.

"Evelyn Simmers was a woman who truly believed in the philosophy of teaching one person and having them pass their education on to many more people," said Meagan Daniel, associate director for academic advancement at Benedictine University. "She had a passion for education, and especially for nurses, who have the opportunity to touch so many lives each and every day."

Benedictine's R.N.-to-B.S.N. (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) completion program provides registered nurses with the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake leadership positions where they work and further their education at the graduate level. The program is offered through a partnership between Benedictine, the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Triton College in Morton Grove and Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

The fully online Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program at Benedictine is designed to prepare registered nurses at the master's degree level for the rapidly changing face of health care. The program emphasizes interrelated academic preparation in areas of leadership, education, administration, and public and global health care.

The scholarships will help make the programs affordable to more students during a time when there is a critical shortage of qualified health care workers. 


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.