Jerolee White 5K Run
Mae Jerolee White was an alumna and faculty member at Bluefield State College. She entered the health care profession as a nurse's aide at the Bluefield Sanitarium in the 1960s. While raising her children, she worked as the secretary and office manager of Dr. J. Brookins Taylor on Ramsey Street. She was a grandmother when she went to Bluefield State College to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She subsequently earned a Master of Science of Nursing and, at age 70, completed all the requirements including the National Certification Exam for a Family Nurse Practitioner's Certificate. From that time until her own health problems intervened, she worked in the Dialysis Unit at Bluefield Regional Medical Center under the direction of Dr. Mohammed Sekkarie.
When she passed away, friends and family started a scholarship endowment fund in her memory in 2007. The Mae Jerolee White Scholarship for Nursing students is given to a non-traditional student, a West Virginia resident from a rural county with a minimum GPA of 3.0, in the second or subsequent year of the Nursing program.
Contributions to the fund did not meet the $5,000 threshold for award established by the Bluefield State Foundation. In 2011, School of Nursing and Allied Health faculty and staff hosted the first Jerolee White 5K Run. Held in May, the effort was led by Susan Nunley and Sandy Wynn, assistant professors of Nursing.
The Nursing faculty, students and alumni did a fantastic job bringing in 5K sponsorships and participants. Not only did they create a well-attended event enjoyed by the community at large, they carried the Jerolee White Scholarship well over the endowment threshold, raising over $4,400.
We anticipate that the Jerolee White 5K Run will become a springtime tradition on the Bluefield State campus and in the community, raising funds to assist Nursing students for perpetuity.