Waybrant scholarship boosts LPN program
MAKING SCHOLARSHIP HAPPEN - Clifford "Rube" Waybrant of Pickford and his son Jim Waybrant, left, of Newberry are shown signing documents to donate a residential property to Lake Superior State University. Proceeds will go towards creating the Waybrant Family Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) Scholarship. (LSSU photo by John Shibley)
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. – Longtime Pickford resident Clifford "Rube" Waybrant and his son James have created a new scholarship for licensed practical nursing (LPN) students at Lake Superior State University.
For the elder Waybrant, it’s a creative way to thank the nurses at War Memorial Hospital’s Long Term Care Unit who have been caring for his wife Bernice.
"The nurses at long term care have been giving Bernice such quality care that I wanted to find a way to show my appreciation," says Rube Waybrant. "Many of the LPNs are people who go back to college but find there are very few scholarships available to them."
After a conversation with Marcia Woods, a nurse at War Memorial Hospital, Woods suggested that Waybrant call the LSSU Foundation and inquire about creating a scholarship.
After meeting with the staff at the LSSU Foundation office and conferring with his son, Waybrant decided to donate a parcel of residential property to the University.
"Donating appreciated real estate is an ideal way to create scholarships," said Virginia Zinser, director of Major Gifts at the LSSU Foundation. "People can donate their property and upon the sale proceeds; create an endowed scholarship to benefit generations of future LSSU students.
Steve Merrill Ph.D., dean of the LSSU School of Nursing, notes that there are very few scholarships intended for LPNs. The Waybrant Scholarship, he said, is an excellent first step in building needed scholarships for this program.