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Nursing Students Receive Tobie Chapman Honorary Scholarship

October 28, 2013

Jeff Forrest, Tobie Chapman, Candice Blake and Karen Mayes  
From left: Jeffrey Forrest, Tobie Chapman, Candice Blake
and Karen Mayes.  

Three St. Louis Community College nursing students have been awarded scholarships named in honor of a longtime nursing faculty member who is now retired.

The STLCC Foundation's Nursing Scholarship Fund - Tobie Chapman Honorary Scholarship awards were recently presented to Candice Blake (Florissant Valley), Christa Poole (Forest Park) and Shira Siegel Krause (Meramec).

“Receiving the scholarship was an unexpected surprise and I am truly grateful,” said Blake. “It is a very humbling experience because I had no clue I was even being considered, and I am so appreciative to be recognized in such a positive manner."

Chapman, a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in education, retired from the STLCC nursing faculty in summer 2013. Faculty and staff donated a total of $480 to the STLCC Foundation Nursing Scholarship Fund - Tobie Chapman Honorary Scholarship in her honor. The donations will be distributed as a $160 scholarship to one student at each of the three campuses.

Tobie Chapman collage  

Nursing faculty chose all three scholarship recipients based on their traits that most closely match the descriptors they used to describe Chapman.

The words used to describe Chapman include dedicated, professional,
caring, intellectual, thoughtful, committed, detail-oriented, kind, elegant, astounding, reliable, respectful, encouraging, wonderful, loyal, welcoming, pleasant, knowledgeable, calm, leader, integrity, mentor, gentle, sincere, patient, expert, thinker, and pensive.

The one-word descriptors were then assembled into a “Celebrate You” collage and presented to Chapman as a keepsake.

“We do this to honor long-time faculty who retire from the district nursing program and to honor nursing students who most remind faculty of the retiring faculty member,” said Karen Mayes, director of nursing education at St. Louis Community College. 

Christa Poole  
From left, Vince Featherson, Tobie Chapman, Christa Poole and Karen Mayes.