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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 and six months later passed away.

Darlene and her husband, John, were very grateful to those who cared for her during her illness. It was John's wish to help caregivers further their education, so he created this scholarship – Benefis Health System Foundation’s first named scholarship endowment – in 1998 to assist LPNs and other care providers in becoming registered nurses or to permit a registered nurse to continue studies in the pursuit of an advanced nursing degree.

John remarried in 2005, and he and his wife, Sue, have faithfully supported the scholarship, helping dozens of students realize their nursing career dream.

John passed away January 30, 2015. Sue continues to support the scholarship in his memory.