Vera Nelson Nursing Scholarship

Departments: College of Nursing and Health Sciences Categories: Nursing | Wisconsin Residents - Specific Areas
Amount One award of $200.
Availability Annually
Eligibility Criteria The recipient must be accepted into the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and be a permanent resident originally from Chippewa County who plans to remain in the county after graduation.
Application Procedure To be considered for scholarships from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, you must be an admitted nursing student and meet any additional criteria as stated by the scholarships. In order to apply, please follow this link to the Gold for Blugolds Scholarship Network: This is an online scholarship application site managed by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation. Once you have entered the site, follow the directions below:
  • Use your UW-Eau Claire credentials (your UW-Eau Claire User Name and Password) to log-in to the site
  • Navigate to the College of Nursing Scholarship Application
    • This single application allows you to apply for all Nursing scholarships for which you are eligible
  • After you have submitted your completed application, please look for an email communication from or Gold for Blugolds Scholarship Network explaining your next steps
  • In April, if you have been awarded scholarships, you will receive an email from this same address which will direct you to go back to the Gold for Blugolds Scholarship Network to review your scholarship(s)
  • You will also receive a letter from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences announcing any scholarships you have been awarded
Selection Procedure By judgment of the scholarship committee, the most compassionate and caring student shall be selected.
Selection Deadline Prior to the Nursing Department scholarship dinner.
Notification The College of Nursing and Health Sciences shall notify Mark E. Nelson, Paul A. Nelson and Julie Nelson Hesson.
Special Notes

Elvira 'Vera' Hanson Nelson was born in 1919 in Hallie, Wisconsin, a small rural area between Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls. Her parents were immigrants of Norway, and she was one of five sisters and a brother. Unusual for the times, her father insisted that all of the girls be educated for a career. Vera received her nursing degree from Luther Hospital, as did two of her sisters. She joined the Navy as a nurse, working in Chicago and later in San Diego for her tour of duty in World War II. She returned to the Chippewa Valley to work at a hospital, then the Northern Colony in Chippewa Falls, which is now known as the Northern Wisconsin Center for the Developmentally Disabled. Vera was known throughout the community for her kindness and compassionate care of the Colony residents and for her group of elderly acquaintances. She visited many elderly friends in their homes, washed their hair and helped with some basic home health care needs.She retired in 1983.

Vera married Ernest Nelson, a 1943 education grad and they had three children. Her children wish to reward a compassionate, giving Nursing student that emulates their mother's life of loving service.

Thank You Send a thank-you note to the Nelson Family in care of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation.