Department: Newman Division of Nursing

New nursing scholarship benefits student-athletes

November 13, 2014

On the basketball court, Megan Holloway plays guard for the Lady Hornets. But the sophomore from Salina, Kansas, also wears the teal blue scrubs that signify her as a student in Emporia State University’s Department of Nursing.

This unusual combination of athletics and academics is precisely what a brand new scholarship will support and encourage, thanks to a gift from Bobbi and Steve Sauder of Emporia. Holloway is receiving the first Bobbi Sauder Student-Athlete Nursing Scholarship this fall.

“This scholarship really means a great deal to me, because it gives the opportunity to do the two most important things in my life right now—play basketball for the Lady Hornets and study to become a nurse,” said Holloway.

“It’s really a challenge, first of all, to be a nursing student,” said Bobbi Sauder. “And then to have athletics on top of that is an even greater challenge.”

A retired registered nurse, Sauder depended on scholarships for her own schooling.

“If I hadn’t had those angels there to help me, I would never have been able to go to school,” Sauder said. After earning a Master of Science in Nursing in 1982, she continued her career as a school nurse in Overland Park’s Blue Valley school district and taught nursing at Labette Community College and Washburn University.

“Nursing requires a large amount of study, and I know this scholarship will be very helpful for our nursing students who are also talented enough to be student-athletes,” said Dr. Linda Adams-Wendling, professor of nursing and chair of Emporia State’s Department of Nursing. “One of the strengths of our program is the flexibility to allow a nursing student to also be a member of an athletic team.”

Holloway’s goals both on and off the court are impressive.

“Along with hoping to have a greater impact on the basketball court this season, I really want to go into the Army Nurse Corps after I graduate from Emporia State,” she said.

Currently, 14 student-athletes are studying Emporia State’s nursing curriculum.

“This is extremely close to my heart,” said Sauder. “It makes me really excited when I see the number of athletes who are also involved in the nursing program, and Steve and I are pleased to be able to help more of them now.”

“This scholarship helps provide even more recognition for our student-athletes, and it’s a great indication of the amount of work they put into reaching their potential academically, athletically and personally,” said Kent Weiser, director of intercollegiate athletics.

One scholarship will be presented each year to a student-athlete majoring in nursing or pre-nursing entering his or her sophomore, junior or senior year at Emporia State.

“Steve and Bobbi Sauder are true friends and members of the Emporia State University family,” said Dr. Michael D. Shonrock, president. “I’m thrilled that Bobbi has become such an avid Hornet fan, and the University is grateful for her support of our excellent nursing program.”

College Atlas has ranked Emporia State No. 14 in the top 100 nursing programs in the United States.

The endowed gift creating the scholarship fund is part of Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University. Launched in February 2013, Now & Forever: The Campaign for Emporia State University is a five- to seven-year effort with a working goal of $45 million. It is already the most successful fund-raising initiative in University history, with financial commitments now exceeding $32.5 million.

The campaign supports student scholarships, academic departments and initiatives that advance Emporia State’s mission to recruit students, teach and retain them, encourage them to graduate with lower levels of student debt, and ultimately put them on a path to a solid career.

For more information about Now & Forever giving opportunities, contact DenaSue Potestio, Emporia State University Foundation president/CEO,, 620-341-5440.