Support for Portland students

New funds added to endowed nursing scholarship

The Peggy Henderson Kaye Endowed Nursing Scholarship was originally established in 1995 for the purpose of providing junior and senior nursing students on Walla Walla University’s Portland campus with financial support. 

At the time, donors, Peggy Henderson Kaye and Robert Kaye, also gifted some real estate to the university. They designated that the proceeds from the future real estate sale were to go toward their endowed nursing scholarship. This sale was only recently completed, providing an addition of approximately $700,000 to the scholarship endowment, allowing this scholarship to continue benefiting students. 

This scholarship will be given to students based upon their academic excellence and financial need. “Approximately $28,000 will be available to distribute from the endowment each year,” said Dorita Tessier, director of gift planning. “The number of students to benefit will depend upon need and the size of the scholarships.” 

Peggy Kaye graduated from WWU in 1960 with a bachelor of science in nursing. Throughout her 34-year career she worked at Portland Adventist Medical Center, Glendale Adventist Hospital, Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, North Lincoln Hospital, and at a physician’s office in Lincoln City, Oregon. Kaye spent the majority of her career working in intensive care and cardiac surgery.  

“We are deeply grateful to Dr. and Mrs. Kaye for their generosity and support of Walla Walla University,” said Tessier. 

Every year donations from alumni, professors, parents, and friends make Christian higher education possible for hundreds of students at all four of WWU’s campuses. If you are interested in donating and being a part of supporting WWU students, click here.

Posted April 21, 2022

Two nursing students study together