New scholarship supports future nurses

The Regina Stephens Kraus, R.N. Scholarship was created by Oklahoma native, Regina Kraus. Kraus established this scholarship to reduce the cost of nursing school for students so that more nurses can enter the field. Her wishes are for the nursing profession to continue and to see an end to the national nursing shortage.

Kraus was born and raised in Oklahoma City, Okla. She graduated from St. Anthony’s School of Nursing in Oklahoma City in 1975. After graduation, Kraus served as the Head Nurse of the Neurosurgical Unit at St. Anthony’s for 10 years. She has worked nearly 40 years as a private nurse for a neurosurgeon in Enid, Okla. Kraus and her husband reside in Medford.

We are so pleased that Regina chose to establish this generous scholarship with Northwestern’s superb and regionally vital nursing program,” said Skeeter Bird, CEO, Northwestern Foundation & Alumni Association. “Regina is well known and highly respected in her field. We are grateful that nursing students will have the opportunity to honor her professional legacy with outstanding accomplishments of their own after graduation.

Applicants for the Regina Stephens Kraus, R.N. Scholarship must be full-time continuing students majoring in nursing with a minimum 3.2 cumulative grade point average. Preference will be given to applicants active in the Baptist Student Union and the Oklahoma Nursing Student Association. To be considered, students must complete the scholarship application form through the Financial Aid Office on any Northwestern campus. The scholarship may be applied toward university-related expenses, including tuition, fees, books, and room and board.

For more information on the Regina Stephens Kraus, R.N. Scholarship, or about investing in Northwestern students, call Skeeter Bird at 580-327-8599 or email him at [email protected].

Photo: Regina Kraus (left) has endowed a scholarship for nursing students.

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