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Diane Kjervik Establishes Undergraduate Scholarship

Diane Kjervik

Diane Kjervik, Professor and Chair of the Health Care Environments Division at the School of Nursing has established The Mona Lucile Kjervik, RN, Undergraduate Nursing Scholarship Fund to honor the memory of her mother, Mona, who had a long career in nursing. Mona and her husband Abner Reuben, a physician, served their rural community of Mount Horeb, Wis. for many years as the community’s sole health care providers.

Mona’s goal had been to attain a BSN degree, she couldn’t afford it in the wake of the Great Depression. She did make sure that all three of her daughters had the means to attain the degree, and now Diane will ensure that others can too. The fund was established so she could help students overcome the financial barriers that her mother faced and allow them to achieve their academic goals. “I wanted to make it possible for young rural women or men interested in being a nurse to come here,” she says.

After years of service to the profession and to our students and faculty, Diane has announced that she will retire later this year. The scholarship marks yet another wonderful legacy she leaves for the School.