By The Bakersfield Californian
Cal State Bakersfield has established a scholarship fund for nursing students, honoring of the legacy of the late Wendy Wayne.
The Wendy Wayne Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund has grown to more than $100,000 thanks to community contributions. Wayne's husband, Gene Tackett, family and friends were key to setting up the scholarship.
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Four inaugural recipients were awarded Wendy Wayne scholarships in the spring: Katrina Gloudeman and Tania Sedano from the RN-BSN program, and Jennifer Fitzsimmons and Kristen Woods from the Traditional BSN program.
Wayne died of cancer last year. She was a CSUB graduate with a nursing degree and held a doctorate in educational leadership as well as a master's in public health. Wayne spent much of her life as a humanitarian activist and advocate for public health locally and globally. In 2008, she was inducted into the CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame.
"Throughout her life, Wendy's daily work improved the lives of so many," said Debbie Boschini, chair of the CSUB nursing program. "The Wendy Wayne Nursing Scholarship will help support the success of CSUB nursing students who will spend their lives relieving suffering, promoting health, preventing disease and providing health education."