Thompson-Weatherup Foundation Creates SUNY Canton Nursing Scholarship

A local family foundation with ties to the second graduating class ever at SUNY Canton has donated funds to create a scholarship for Nursing students.

NEW NURSING SCHOLARSHIP – The Thompson-Weatherup Family Charitable Foundation recently donated the funding necessary to create a new nursing scholarship at SUNY Canton. Pictured are (l to r) foundation president Ruth McWilliams, inaugural scholarship recipient Katherine Race, foundation treasurer Marilyn Henderson, and SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

NEW NURSING SCHOLARSHIP – The Thompson-Weatherup Family Charitable Foundation recently donated the funding necessary to create a new nursing scholarship at SUNY Canton. Pictured are (l to r) foundation president Ruth McWilliams, inaugural scholarship recipient Katherine Race, foundation treasurer Marilyn Henderson, and SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy.

“This donation helps address the need for highly qualified nurses here in the North Country,” SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy said. “I find it highly fitting, and I’m overjoyed, that a family so closely connected with the college’s history has taken such an active interest in the education of others. There is a tremendous need for scholarship support especially in these troubled economic times.”

In 1910, Robert Thompson graduated as part of the second class of the Agricultural and Technical Institute at Canton, now known as SUNY Canton. His son, Robert Jr., graduated in 1942 with a degree in Agriculture and met his wife Esther (Weatherup), who graduated in 1943 with a degree in Home Economics. Robert and Esther Thompson have 10 children who established a family foundation in their honor. Esther’s cousin Marjorie Rock, a nurse educator and retired Army nurse, felt that providing a nursing scholarship should be pursued and contributed to the foundation to support one at SUNY Canton. Foundation president Ruth McWilliams and treasurer Marilyn Henderson worked with Julie Parkman, Associate Director for Advancement at SUNY Canton, to create it. All inquiries about the scholarship and student eligibility must be directed to Parkman at (315) 386-7127, or email parkman@canton.edu.

“We saw the immediate benefit of this donation when we met the first recipient, Katherine Race, who is a nursing student taking classes and working full-time,” McWilliams said. Race completed a SUNY Canton Physical Therapist Assistant degree in 1998 and is working at United Helpers nursing home.

In order to qualify for the Thompson-Weatherup Family Charitable Foundation Scholarship, applicants must be non-traditional students entering into the Nursing program in the spring semester. Recipients must have prior health care-related experience and wish to remain in St. Lawrence County upon graduation.

The Thompson-Weatherup Family Charitable Foundation is headquartered in Canton and focuses on the sustainable future of people and places in Northern New York.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

Media inquiries should be directed to Gregory Kie, Media Relations Coordinator, or call 315/386-7528.

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