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Event celebrates nursing donors, scholarship recipients

Oct. 5, 2015

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Donor Mary Demaree, left, with Jenna Pasma, Demaree-McGinnis
Scholarship recipient, and Dr. Sylvia Brown. (Photo: Conley Evans)

It’s a bittersweet evening for Dr. William Martin when he attends the East Carolina University College of Nursing scholarship dinner each year. The event provides a way to honor his late wife and former College of Nursing faculty member, Charlotte, in whose name he created the Charlotte M. Martin Memorial Beta Nu Scholarship in 2003.

It’s also an opportunity for him to meet the students who benefit from that scholarship. Charlotte, who helped found the ECU-based Beta Nu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, would be pleased to know her legacy supports students who are pursuing their dreams of becoming nurses or continuing their nursing education.

“If it helps the kids, that’s all that matters,” said Martin, College of Education professor emeritus.

Martin is not unlike the numerous private donors who attend the annual ceremony. Many of the scholarships given each year have been created to memorialize individuals who have or had exceptional dedication to the field of nursing. This year’s dinner, held Sept. 25 at Rock Springs Center in Greenville, celebrated the 118 awardees who will be given more than $260,000 for nursing education in 2015-2016.

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Mabel Hayden Memorial Scholarship recipient Levent Hall with
fellow awardees at the event. (Photo: Conley Evans)

College of Nursing Dean Dr. Sylvia Brown told the event’s more than 200 attendees that donor gifts make it possible for students to focus on their educational goals and help the college continue its legacy of excellence.

“Please know your gifts make a huge difference in our students’ ability to study and meet the demands of the nursing curriculum,” she said.

Among the students being recognized that evening was Charlotte Finn, a recipient of the Eunice Mann Garner Memorial Scholarship. Finn, originally from Pasadena, MD, is working toward her bachelor of science in nursing through ECU’s accelerated second-degree program and plans to graduate in June 2016.

“It is an honor and a privilege for someone to believe in me enough to invest in my education,” she said.

To make a donation to a nursing scholarship, contact Major Gifts Officer Mark Alexander at or 252-744-2324.