We are honored to grant the Evans Endowed Nursing Scholarship to qualified students each year
Since 2002, this fund has provided financial assistance to those pursuing registered nursing degrees from the Oregon Health & Science University Ashland Campus (at Southern Oregon University) or Rogue Community College.
2009 Scholarship Recipients
2010 Scholarship Recipients
2011 Scholarship Recipients
2012 Scholarship Recipients
2013 Scholarship Recipients
2014 Scholarship Recipients
2015 Scholarship Recipients
2016 Scholarship Recipients
2017 Scholarship Recipients
2018 Scholarship Recipients
2019 Scholarship Recipients
2020 Scholarship Recipients
2021 Scholarship Recipients
“The scholarship has helped me tremendously. I can’t wait to give back as a Labor & Delivery nurse to make a better life for my family and my community.”
– Arika Ledesma, RN
Recipient in 2018, 2019, 2020, and LPN Scholarship Recipient
About the Donors
The William G. and Ruth T. Evans Endowed Nursing Scholarship was made possible through the generous contributions of Mrs. Ruth Evans who established the scholarship in 2002. Since then, our community of donors has added to this fund each year to continue its legacy and impact on southern Oregon.
Dr. and Mrs. Evans understood the importance of a strong health care system. Dr. Evans was a family practice physician in Pennsylvania for 50 years, and Ruth was an army nurse during World War II. Dr. and Mrs. Evans moved to Ashland in 1998 to be near their daughters, Margaret and Barbara. Dr. Evans died in 2002, followed by Mrs. Evans in 2013.
“We thought the scholarships would be a good way to help young people with their education. Nurses are quite scarce and will be needed badly in the future.”
– Ruth Evans
Leaving a Legacy of Giving
Ruth T. Evans passed away on January 3, 2013, at the age of 96, leaving behind a bequest in excess of $2.5 million to the Ashland Community Health Foundation. The gift provided support to the Endowed Evans Nursing Scholarship.
Mrs. Evans’ proudest accomplishment was establishing the Evans Endowed Nursing Scholarship through the Ashland Community Health Foundation.
Since its creation in 2002, 344 scholarships have been awarded to 277 nursing students in excess of $963,600.
Donate to the Evans Nursing Scholarship Fund
A nursing degree is expensive and often students graduate thousands of dollars in debt. With your investment, we can support local nursing students now and into the future.