Paula Welford Legacy Education Fund

Supporting your scholarship journey

We offer educational funding to eligible employees in honor of Paula Welford, RN, MSN, and in recognition of the importance of baccalaureate preparation for professional nursing. Throughout her career, Paula promoted, encouraged and helped facilitate staff to seek higher educational opportunities in nursing.


Nurses who wish to continue their education toward a bachelor’s, master's or doctorate degree in nursing can apply for this fund.

Guidelines for the Paula Welford Legacy Education Fund

This fund is available for the continuation of education for nurses enrolled in a bachelor’s, master's or doctorate degree program for nursing. Fairview Ridges Hospital and hospital-based clinic nurses who have been employed for one year or more are encouraged to apply.

To qualify, you must:

  • be a regularly scheduled employee (.5 or greater)
  • continue to work during the period of study
  • intend to continue working with Fairview Ridges Hospital

How to apply

  • A paper copy can be obtained from Nursing Administration at Fairview Ridges Hospital.
  • The application deadline is August 1.
  • Fill out an online application.
  • Submit your completed application to your manager for comments and signature (it won't be accepted without manager’s signature).
  • Send your completed application to Nursing Administration.

Sources of proof you'll need

Proof of acceptance into a nursing program must be provided with your application, such as:

  • acceptance letter for nursing program
  • letter from advisor
  • proof of course registration
  • business office correspondence

How applicants are selected

Applications are reviewed by the Engagement and Healthy Work Environment Council and funds are awarded based on the following:

  • Educational goal objective of Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate degrees in nursing
  • Clear relationship of objective related to present or future nursing practice
  • Manager recommendation
  • Approval by EHWE Council

Funding amount

  • Awards are $1,000

Time and conditions of payment:

  • Payment of award will be made within 90 days of notice upon successful completion of your designated courses.
  • A copy of your grade transcripts and fee statements are to be sent to the Engagement and Healthy Work Environment Council chair at Fairview Ridges.
    • If courses are taken with a letter grade, you must attain a minimum of a “C."
    • If courses are taken on a pass/fail basis, you must attain a “pass” status.

Source of education funds
These education funds are provided through fundraising activities during Nurses Week and other events sponsored by the EHWE.

Contact for more information

Engagement and Healthy Work Environment Council Co-Chairs:
Allison Stratton, Office 952-892-2779
Juanita Royle, Office 952-892-2481
Bette Schwager, Cell 952-892-2083