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Nursing Student Kayla Rice Awarded $9,000 Meredith Scholarship

Coon Rapids, Minn., native to receive $3,000 per semester for three semesters.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 7-24-2013

Mankato, Minn. – Kayla Rice, a Minnesota State University, Mankato junior nursing student from Coon Rapids, Minn., has been awarded a $9,000 Donald and Marjorie Meredith Nursing Scholarship for 2013-2014.

Rice (pictured at right) will receive $3,000 each semester for the last three semesters of her nursing program, allowing her to pursue her studies full-time while also participating in the School of Nursing and Student Nurses Association and serving on the College of Allied Health and Nursing Advisory Board.

Meredith Scholarships are intended to let recipients focus on their studies without having to work at part- or full-time jobs. Recipients must have a minimum of a 3.5 grade-point average and demonstrate a well-balanced lifestyle, leadership abilities and commitment to the nursing profession. Meredith Scholarship recipients have opportunities to participate in undergraduate research and peer mentoring and to assist in the university’s high-tech nursing simulation learning lab.

In 2007, Donald and Marjorie Meredith of Mankato gave the university $375,000 to endow nursing scholarships. In addition, in 2005 the Merediths gave the university more than $700,000 to fully endow the Meredith Scholars program for promising science and mathematics students.

Donald Meredith co-founded Mankato’s Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic, PA with Dr. Paul Gislason in 1957. They served as Minnesota State Mankato’s first athletic team physicians and helped the university create what is now the nation’s oldest, continually accredited athletic training education program.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,413 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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