CU receives $50,000 for Clinkscales Scholarship

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By The Staff

Joan C. McKinney

Campbellsville University

Miss Frances would have been proud.

Rep. Ron Lewis presented a $50,000 check to Campbellsville University recently in honor of the late Frances Gaddie Clinkscales. The Frances Clinkscales Endowed Scholarship will be used for nursing students and will be awarded in fall 2009 for the first time.

"God is love," Lewis said, "and there was never anyone who demonstrated more love of God than Miss Frances. When she said 'I love you,' she meant it."

He said Clinkscales was a servant to man, her church and her community.

"I could not think of anyone who deserved this legacy more than her. I'm sure she's looking down and smiling."

Lewis said Miss Frances will live on serving others through the scholarship.

"This is who she is," he said. "Miss Frances is love. It is my honor and privilege for this money to serve others."

Dr. Michael V. Carter, president, said Clinkscales, who was a registered nurse by profession, was in a CU board of advisers' meeting about nine years ago and her eyes lit up when discussion began about a School of Nursing at Campbellsville University.

Planning meetings were scheduled and the School of Nursing graduated 22 students in its first class in May. Thirty students are scheduled to begin the second class in the fall.

"Miss Frances gave her entire life serving others," Carter said, "and I can't think of anyone we could honor more. She was such a good friend of Campbellsville University and the community."

Carter said the scholarship will ensure that the "Campbellsville nurse" will live on and provide money for students who just need something extra in order to attend college.

The School of Nursing was dedicated April 25, 2006. Funds for the school came from several places including Lewis, who donated $250,000; Sen. Jim Bunning, who donated $300,000, and the Richard Van Lunen Foundation that donated $750,000.

The scholarships will be awarded to undergraduate students pursuing nursing. The recipients will be selected by using information provided by the university through the School of Nursing and Offices of Admissions and Financial Aid. The recipients will be selected prior to the beginning of the academic year.

The awards will be made in scholarship amounts based on funds available and number of students selected.

There probably will be a total of $2,500 to be awarded for the fall 2009 semester, according to Benji Kelly, vice president for development.

Clinkscales died Feb. 27 at Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown. She was 78.

A retired nurse from Ireland Army Hospital in Ft. Knox after 37 years of service, she graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she received a nursing degree. She served as a psychiatric aide in 1952 at North Point Hospital in Long Island, N.Y.

Clinkscales was a Campbellsville City Council member, a member of the State Parole Board for eight years, and was instrumental in the startup of the Taylor County Dialysis Center.

The Rev. Daniel Corrie Shull, pastor of First Baptist Church in Campbellsville, led in the invocation, and Kelly led in the benediction.

For more information about endowing scholarships, contact Kelly at 789-5211 or jbkelly@campbellsville.edu.

- Joan C. McKinney is news and publications coordinator at Campbellsville University.