Dr. Sharon S. Thompson Courage Award-Nursing
Dr. Sharon Scott Thompson served as a faculty member in the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing at Tennessee Technological University from 1998 until her death on November 11, 2011. Dr. Thompson was loved by her students, who benefitted from her excellent nursing knowledge, h??r caring approach, and her sense of humor. Dr. Thompson returned to school after many years as a stay-at-home mother. She obtained her Associate of Science Degree in Nursing in 1998 from Angelo State University, Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1999 from the University Texas-Arlington, and Masters of Science Degree in 2007 from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Thompson felt privileged to serve her country. She was commissioned into the US Air Force, December 1999, serving for ten years. She served as a nurse in the Air Force and in the 2003 Operation Iraqi Freedom. At the time of her diagnosis with pancreatic cancer, Dr. Thompson had initiated her dissertation, a groundbreaking study on The Lived Experience and Aftermath of caring for the Enemy for U.S. Military Nurses Deployed in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Prior to her death, The University of Texas-Tyler awarded Dr. Thompson a Ph.D. in Nursing. Dr. Thompson was a loving and devoted wife to husband Mark, mother to children Philip and Kelly, and grandmother to Kelly's daughter, Brianna Rose Nakashima. When asked who she would want to receive support from a scholarship in her honor, Dr. Thompson replied, A non-traditional student because I was one and there is very little support for students like me.
This scholarship was made possible by an unrestricted gift to the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing from the Jeannette Travis Foundation of Nashville. Mrs. Travis was a long-time nurse who worked much of her career at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. Upon her passing in 2010, Mrs. Travis, through her will, established the foundation to support area nursing and health-related programs.
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