December 12, 2017

Memorial scholarship honors Tarleton nursing student

STEPHENVILLE (August 2, 2017) — Jacey Smathers’ family turned its tragedy into a positive for students in Tarleton State University’s nursing program.

Smathers, a Tarleton nursing student, died from carbon monoxide poisoning early this year. An endowed scholarship in her name was created to help like-minded students.

“She loved being a nurse and having the opportunity to help people,” said her mother, Cheryl Baca. “She loved Tarleton so much. She was looking so forward to getting into a hospital setting, doing her clinicals.”

Baca signed paperwork Tuesday to endow the scholarship.

A memorial scholarship has been established to honor Jacey Smathers, a Tarleton nursing student who passed away early this year. The family signed paperwork Tuesday to endow the scholarship. Seated from left are Jacey’s mother, Cheryl Baca, and Tarleton President F. Dominic Dottavio.

To qualify for the Jacey Smathers Memorial Endowed Scholarship, a nursing student must have completed coursework and advanced to the Senior 1 or Senior 2 level, maintain a 3.0 grade-point average and be a full-time student in good standing.

Additionally, candidates must have a passion for helping others and a positive impact on the Tarleton nursing department.

Endowment of the scholarship is currently $12,490, with $500 to be awarded each year beginning in fall 2018. To contribute to the Jacey Smathers Memorial Endowed Scholarship, go to www.tarleton.edu/giving.

“This scholarship gives us the chance to keep Jacey’s dream of becoming a nurse alive by helping other students fulfill their own educational and career goals,” Baca said.

2 Comments on Memorial scholarship honors Tarleton nursing student

  1. Hello, my condolesence goes to family of jacey and i would like to get the scholarship in order to achieve the dreams of jacey.

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