WRHS Foundation Nursing Scholarship Program
Since 1995, the White River Health System Foundation (WRHSF) Scholarship Program has helped deserving employees pursue a nursing education. Each year, the Foundation awards scholarships to employees studying to become Registered Nurses(RN) or pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN). A Foundation Scholarship rewards initiative and removes financial barriers for employees seeking career advancement. We are committed to supporting education and professional development of those who devote their careers to saving lives and improving the lives of others through nursing. The WRHSF gratefully acknowledges our donors, whose contributions make the Scholarship Program possible.
Every gift to the Foundation helps White River Health System achieve its mission of providing outstanding healthcare services and improving the health of ourc ommunities. Donate now to make a gift to the Foundation’s Scholarship fund. To establish a scholarship through the Foundation contact the Foundation at 870-262-1927.
Bonnie J. Bernard Memorial Scholarship (LPN to RN)
The Bonnie J. Bernard Memorial Scholarship was established by Dick and the late Bonnie Bernard in 1996. Bonnie worked as an RN at White River Medical Center (WRMC) from 1986 until her death in 2004. The Bernard’s established the scholarship because, as a nurse, Bonnie worked with many qualified and motivated nurses who were unable to advance their career due to financial issues and family commitments. For 22 years, the Bonnie J. Bernard Memorial Scholarship has provided LPNs a chance to grow professionally and personally in their careers.
Lela Honkonen Educational Scholarship (RN or BSN)
This scholarship was established in 2005 in memory of Lela Honkonen to help employees seeking career advancement in nursing.
Pat McClain Memorial Scholarship (RN or BSN)
Established in 2016, the scholarship honors the life and work of Pat McClain, RN. Pat worked as a Registered Nurse at White River Medical Center and as an Occupational Health Nurse at Future Fuel Chemical Company (formerly Arkansas Eastman). Pat had a great heart for serving others. The scholarship was established to honor her work and create a legacy to benefit others entering the field of nursing.
Carl and Amy Shaver Nursing Scholarship (RN or BSN)
Amy Shaver founded this scholarship in 2007 with her husband, the late Carl Shaver. For many years, the Shavers generously donated their time by volunteering at WRMC and serving on WRHS Boards. Amy continues to serve today as an active volunteer.
WRHS Board of Directors Scholarship (RN or BSN)
This Scholarship is funded by the WRMC Board of Directors and given in memory of Board Members to honor their service to the organization.
WRHS Foundation Scholarships (RN or BSN)
A Foundation Scholarship rewards initiative and removes financial barriers for employees seeking career advancement. The Foundation is committed to supporting the education and professional development of those who devote their careers to saving lives and improving the lives of other through nursing.
WRHS Foundation Scholarships Applications
All Nursing Scholarships available thru the WRHS Foundation are available to current employees of White River Health System. All applications must be complete and applicable official transcripts must be received by the WRHSF office by the application deadline. For more information contact, Denise Provence at (870)262-1225, or via email at