RUC-Debra Kimmel McNamara Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Debra Kimmel McNamara graduated as a diploma nurse from Conemaugh Valley Hospital (PA) in 1976. After 10 years as a registered nurse, Debra completed her bachelor of science in nursing at the University of Pittsburgh. Her nearly 25-year nursing career ended as a result of disability associated with breast cancer. This scholarship was established in 2000 by Debra’s husband, John P. McNamara, associate professor at Jefferson College of Health Sciences and his family to honor her dedication to the nursing profession and her family. The selected student must be an upperclassman or graduate nursing student at Radford University Carilion (RUC).

  • Provides assistance for tuition, books and other related fees to students enrolled in the nursing program
  • Student must have a connection with breast cancer–either currently battling breast cancer, a survivor or have a family member that is affected by it
  • Student must be an upperclassman or graduate nursing student
  • Priority is given to students demonstrating financial need