Last Saturday, I had the honor of being the keynote speaker at the 2017 Sandra M. and Denton V. Holmes Endowed Scholarship Dinner, an annual fundraiser for the scholarship, which supports students in the MSN program in the School of Nursing at NMSU. Denton Holmes established the scholarship in memory of his wife, Sandy, who passed away in 2004, after a nursing career of more than 40 years.
I have known Denton since I was Head of the Department of Biology and his devotion to his wife and to nursing education has long been an inspiration to me and to many others. I was grateful to have an opportunity to thank Denton for his support of nursing students at NMSU and to reflect on the importance of the nursing profession to the health care system of this nation and how much nursing has changed over the course of my lifetime. But what I want to share with you now are not these reflections, but what I learned about scholarships at NMSU while doing some research for my talk.
While I have long known that there are millions of dollars in scholarships available to NMSU students through Scholar Dollar$, I had never before explored the website for Scholar Dollar$. It was eye-opening to realize that there are 1,656 scholarship entries on the website ranging from the Abernathy Endowed Scholarship to the Herbert and Joan Zuhl Endowed Scholarship.
As I went through the 166 pages of entries, I could not help but be humbled by the wonderful generosity of Aggies and friends of Aggies, who have such strong faith in the education offered by NMSU that they are willing to endow scholarships (hundreds of them) to ensure that others have access to that education.
At Commencement, we celebrate the accomplishments of our students. As we celebrate these accomplishments, let us also celebrate the generosity of Aggies, and friends of the university such as Denton Holmes, who have helped to make these accomplishments possible.
With all best wishes,