This scholarship fund was created in memory of Marge Sorreles Davies, wife of Bobb Davies and mother of former Harding Home director Melinda Gilpin. The scholarship has supported area nursing students since 2011.
Marge passed in 2010 at the age of 82. A Marion native, she was a graduate of the former Green Camp High School, the White Cross School of Nursing, and The Ohio State University. Her nursing career spanned 50+ years and included 15 years as director of nursing for the Marion County Health Department, as well as employment at Marion General Hospital and the former MedCenter Hospital.
To be eligible for the Davies Scholarship, applicants must be a senior or graduate of a high school in Marion County and ranked in the upper 25th percentile of his or her graduating class, or have at least a 3.0 college grade point average. The scholarship supports those pursing a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. Special consideration is given to seniors and graduates of Elgin High School.
“I told my dad that there was no better way to honor mom than with a scholarship; and, no better place to do that than Marion Community Foundation,” said Melinda.