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The Gloria Vollers Memorial Scholarship is being awarded annually, starting in 2007, thanks to a generous donation by Dr. Cyrus Beye of Yankton, South Dakota. Dr. Beye was a general surgeon who traveled to Pender Community Hospital from 1959 to 1981 from Sioux City, Iowa. While in Pender, he had many fond memories of working with Gloria Vollers, RN. He found her compassion and dedication to nursing an inspiration and wanted to honor her memory through a community gift. Gloria, a registered nurse, worked at Pender Community Hospital for over 30 years as a staff nurse, surgery supervisor, and Director of Nursing. She is remembered and admired for her leadership, caring spirit, and professionalism.

The new academic scholarship will be awarded in Gloria's name to a student who has been accepted into a Registered Nursing program of study. The recipient must be a resident of Thurston, Cuming, Burt, Dixon, Dakota, or Wayne counties.

The annual $2000 scholarship will be awarded through an endowment, established through the Pender Community Hospital Foundation. The application form is available online (link located below) or by calling the hospital at 402-385-4005. Criteria for selection include academic performance, healthcare experience, financial need, career objective in rural health, and school/community involvement. Applications are due April 30 and will be announced in May. All applications should be sent to:

Gloria Vollers Memorial Scholarship
Pender Community Hospital
Attn: Kelly Kaup
PO Box 100
Pender, NE. 68047

To complete an online application please read the following information.
Then click on the online application link, located below.

The sponsoring organizations of this scholarship include the Pender Community Hospital, Pender Community Healthcare Foundation, Pender Mercy Medical Clinic and Mercy Medical Center - Sioux City.

  1. The applicant must be a resident of Thurston, Cuming, Burt, Dixon, Dakota, or Wayne counties.
  2. The applicant must be accepted into a registered Nurse program of study.
  3. The applicant must have graduated from high school and have completed 45 hours of college credit. Eligibility for scholarship assistance is extended to both traditional and non-traditional students.
  4. The deadline for completing and submitting the application and associated paperwork is April 30th.
  5. The scholarship application may be completed online or mailed to:
                             Gloria Vollers Memorial Scholarship
                             Pender Community Hospital
                             Attn: Kelly Kaup
                             PO Box 100
                             Pender, NE 68047

  6. A copy of the acceptance letter or notification of acceptance into a Registered Nursing program and a copy of your college transcript should also be sent to the address listed in step 5.
  7. A Committee that includes one person from each sponsoring organization makes the selection. Selection will be made and announced in May each year.
  8. The Gloria Vollers scholarship will be $2000.
  9. Scholarships will be awarded without regard to age, race, creed, religion, national origin, gender, or physical disability.


Criteria that will be considered include academic performance, interest in pursuing a rural healthcare career, enrollment in a Registered Nursing program, school and community activities and financial need.

Academic Performance: 25 %
Healthcare Experience: 25 %
Financial Need: 20 %
Career Objective In Health As It Benefits Rural Areas: 20 %
Community Activities: 10 %
TOTAL: 100%

Provide a copy of the acceptance letter or notification of acceptance into Registered Nursing program.

Click here to complete an online application or you can pick up a form at the registration desk in the hospital lobby. If you need a form mailed, please contact Kelly Kaup at 402-385-4005 or by email at