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CSUB Announces Wendy Wayne Endowment

CSU Bakersfield is proud to announce the establishment of the Wendy Wayne Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund, which has now reached $100,000. In an effort to mirror Wayne’s legacy, the fund that was first established by her husband, Gene Tackett, and many of her family members and friends, has now become a real community effort through the support of many in the Bakersfield community.

“All of Wendy’s family wants to thank the community from the bottom of our hearts to have made the Wendy Wayne Nursing Scholarship such an amazing success. The CSUB Foundation has received over $100,000 to honor her name by giving financial assistance to students at the school where Wendy received her degree in nursing,” said Tackett. “We hope that in the future, the fund will double in size and we are able to help even more Kern County nursing students.”

Wayne was regarded as a vital community leader and viewed as committed to Bakersfield and Kern County. She was a 1978 CSUB graduate with a nursing degree who also held a doctorate degree in educational leadership and a master’s in public health. She was also a 2008 CSUB Alumni Hall of Fame inductee and has been a Commencement speaker for the School of Social Sciences and Education. Wayne was known for her passionate involvement and endless contributions to this community, which she continued until her passing in 2012. The scholarship fund in her name will allow her humanitarian efforts to continue to help others by providing scholarships to deserving CSUB students in the years to come.

“Throughout her life, Wendy’s daily work improved the lives of so many. The Wendy Wayne Nursing Scholarship fund will help support the success of CSUB nursing students who will spend their lives relieving suffering, promoting health, preventing disease, and providing health education,” said Debbie Boshini, Chair of the Nursing program at CSUB. “CSUB Nursing is honored to be a part of Wendy’s personal journey, and we deeply appreciate the investment that has been made to help future nurses follow her down a path of service. We thank Wendy’s family and all of those who donated to support the scholarship fund.”

The Department of Nursing has offered a BSN degree since the University first opened its doors in 1970. Over the past 40 years, more than 2,000 students have completed a BSN at CSUB, the only public university in the region that offers a Traditional BSN or RN-BSN degree. As of September 2012, there are over 536 pre-nursing students, 152 Traditional BSN students, and 63 RN-BSN students enrolled at CSUB.  This is a critical need for Kern County, as this area has one of the lowest ratios of RNs to population in the state of California.

“We are dedicated to enhancing the medically underserved Kern County area and to providing clinical experiences that are responsive to the diverse counties we serve,” said Boshini.

Scholarships from the Wendy Wayne Endowed Nursing Fund will be awarded beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. To apply for this and other CSUB scholarships, please visit

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