The Mary Lois (Henderson) Stanislav Nursing Scholarship was established to provide an enduring reflection of the love and commitment to the field of nursing by Mary Stanislav. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Ball State University in 1971, Mary went on to have a deeply meaningful 41-year career across numerous facets of the nursing profession.
From 1971 to 1981, Mary worked for Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI, performing duties as a Charge Nurse ('71-'72), Dialysis Nurse ('72-'73), and Nursing Instructor ('73-'81). In 1981, Mary began working across numerous units at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, MI until 1993. Mary also began working as a nurse for Metro Home Health Care in 1991, where she would eventually retire from in 2012. From 1995 until 2000, Mary simultaneously worked day-shifts for Metro Home Health Care and night-shifts as an on-call nurse for a local Hospice organization.
Throughout her career, Mary was continuously focused on ensuring that all of those in her charge received the highest levels of respect, dignity, and care possible. With an unwavering attention to detail, Mary's considerate attention saved the lives of countless patients.
A proud graduate of BSU, Mary has always placed a premium on the value of her BSN and the expertise of her teachers to set her up for a successful, 4-decade career in nursing. With this scholarship, the Stanislav family hopes to enable others to realize the passion for nursing and selfless care that Mary embodied. In her honor, students who receive this scholarship will be charged with continuing Mary’s mission to always put the patient first throughout their career.
The fund was established as a Stable Value Endowment. Endowed scholarships are permanent funds. Spending from endowments is limited to the payout and spending rates approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Every spring the Approved Amount will be calculated from the sum of the Spendable Amounts posted during the prior calendar year. The Approved Amount will be available for awards for the upcoming academic year – which can vary year to year. Until this fund can produce the amount preferred by the donor, an expendable gift of $4,000 has been made to support a $1,000 award for 4 years.
Donor has given an expendable gift of $4,000 to fund a renewable scholarship for 4 years while the fund is growing. Intent is for $1,000 per year until fund reaches endowment then amount is not specified.
Applicants must be:
- Incoming freshmen students pursuing a major in nursing, with an academic index of 3.0 or higher, or transfer students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;
- Demonstrated financial need;
- Renewable for three years thus allowing a total of four years eligibility provided the student continues to meet the stated criteria and a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.