Graduate Nursing Scholarship Established

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The University of West Georgia recently established the Raymond L. Abernathy Graduate Nursing Scholarship, created by his daughter, Dale Howard, who is a nurse, and his son-in-law, Teddy Howard, to “honor the memory of an exceptional and loving father who nurtured his children’s dreams.” The scholarship will benefit graduate students in UWG’s School of Nursing.

“My father would be honored and humbled by having this scholarship established in his memory,” said Dale Howard. “He greatly respected the nursing profession, always supporting my pursuit of continued nursing education at the University of West Georgia. Indeed he would be proud to contribute to the educational opportunities of a new generation of master’s degree-prepared nurses at UWG’s School of Nursing.”

Abernathy graduated from Hiram High School in 1944 and began working in the mailroom of Courts and Company, a brokerage firm of the New York Stock Exchange. He worked his way up, learning from his mentors along the way. From 1950 to 1952, he served in the Korean War, where he was promoted to Master Sergeant in the Army. After the war, with the help of the GI Bill, he began taking classes at Georgia State University. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in May 1962.

Throughout his life, Abernathy passionately encouraged his own children and grandchildren to always do their best in school. He bequeathed a deep love of academics to his family. He firmly believed higher education and a strong work ethic opened the door to numerous opportunities and a better way of life. His education served him well as he succeeded in the investment banking industry for more than 60 years. Upon his death in July 2007 at age 80, he was the vice president of investments and securities at Morgan Stanley.

To be eligible for this scholarship, graduate nursing students must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better. The selected student must also meet or exceed UWG’s academic standards throughout the duration of the scholarship.

For more information on the Raymond L. Abernathy Graduate Nursing Scholarship and other scholarship and giving opportunities, contact the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at 678-839-6582.