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Rhonda Rath Brenzikofer

A legacy of giving

Rhonda Rath Brenzikofer

An Exceptional Gift, an Inspiring Woman, and a Legacy of Love

The Emporia State Department of Nursing honored Rhonda Rath Brenzikofer during their senior recognition ceremony, known as the "pinning ceremony." Emporia State celebrated the nursing scholarship created in Rhonda's honor by her brother, Evan C. Rath, II. It was a gift signifying a brother's love for his sister and his unending respect for her dedication to the profession of nursing.

Before Evan passed away in 2016, he had set a legacy in motion. Through his revocable living trust, he created an endowed scholarship that would serve as a reminder of what and who he valued most. Named for his sister, the Rhonda Rath Brenzikofer Scholarship will serve as a testament to his love and respect for Rhonda, and for her life generously spent caring for others as a nurse.

The scholarship was created with a $400,000 estate gift. It is for nursing students, with first preference for students who come from Marion County. Evan wanted to do something for the students from his home county, and he wanted to provide encouragement and support to those students who were entering the revered profession of nursing. But, he also wanted to leave his sister with a reminder of how much he loved her and how her life's work as a nurse caring for others inspired him.

The Emporia State University Foundation is honored to be a part of this legacy and to have the opportunity to share this story of compassion, generosity and love with our nursing graduates now and in the future.