John and Darlene Skees Memorial Nursing Scholarship
Darlene Skees, a local business woman and author, was known far and wide for her wonderful series of cookbooks. Sadly, she developed an illness, which she suffered with for a long time before she passed away.
But Darlene was very grateful to those who cared for her, and it was her wish to help caregivers further their education. So her husband, John, created this scholarship – Benefis Health System Foundation’s first named scholarship endowment – in 1998 to provide scholarships to assist LPNs and other care providers in becoming registered nurses or to permit a registered nurse to continue studies in the pursuit of advanced nursing degree.
John eventually remarried and he and his wife, Sue, faithfully supported the scholarship each year, helping dozens of students realize their nursing career dreams.
John passed away in 2015. Sue continues to support the scholarship in his memory.