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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 surpassed $100,000 thanks to the many contributions from the local community.  The fund was established by Wayne’s husband, Gene Tackett, together with many of her family members and friends who wished to create a lasting memorial in her honor and permanently connect her legacy to Bakersfield and Kern County.

“All of Wendy’s family want 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 Wendy’s husband Gene Tackett. “We hope that in the future the fund will double in size and we able to help even more Kern County nursing students.”

Wayne 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 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 the Kern County 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 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 Boschini, 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.”

Since the establishment of the Wendy Wayne Endowed Nursing Scholarship Fund, the community has graciously and generously donated in her memory.  As a result, the fund has now exceeded $100,000. The first four recipients were awarded this spring; they are Katrina Gloudeman and Tania Sedano from the RN-BSN Program and Jennifer Fitzsimmons and Kristen Woods from the Traditional BSN Program.

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