Bethel R. Norrod Memorial Scholarship
Bethel R. Norrod was a native of Overton County, Tennessee. Although he only completed the 8th grade due to his responsibilities on the family farm, Bethel never stopped learning. Following his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II in which he fought in many of the major Pacific battles, he worked most of his life in highway construction. Bethel was known by many for his generosity and willingness to help those around him. With his love of reading, especially his Bible, Bethel continued learning on his own with a dictionary close at hand to look up new words and increase his knowledge. His sharpness of mind and self-teaching habits continued well into his eighties.
Bethel was hospitalized the last two weeks of his life. During that time, the compassionate care and dedication of a young male nurse stood out from the rest. This TTU nursing graduate provided care which optimized Bethel's last days and provided his family with a level of comfort and peace knowing that Bethel was taken care of by a nurse with such skill, expertise and concern. Upon Bethel's passing, the family decided to memorialize and honor him with a yearly gift that would help to provide another excellent nurse to the community. By doing so, it is a celebration of Bethel's life and his love of learning, a commemoration of his generosity, and a way to show appreciation and gratitude for those who choose to serve others in their life.
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