Stories of Impact

Get to know our donors, and read stories of the meaningful impact their philanthropic support has in the lives of our students and faculty.

Robert M. and Thelma G. Flory Doctoral Study Award

Nursing instructor Jenna Davis, MSN, RNC-NIC was the 2018 recipient of the Robert M. and Thelma G. Flory Doctoral Study Award. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of this award, which supports PA College faculty who are pursuing a doctoral degree or postdoctoral research.

Jenna has been a member of our nursing faculty since June 2018. Previously, she was an adjunct clinical instructor for nursing at Harrisburg Area Community College. Her nursing career included positions as a post-surgical nurse, a nurse professional development specialist and a neonatal intensive care nurse at UPMC Pinnacle in Harrisburg.

Jenna is currently working toward her Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing Education through Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and anticipates completing this degree in May 2021.

Honoring the 10th anniversary of this generous gift in 2018 – learn more about Robert and Thelma Flory and their reasons for giving!


Kenneth G. Stoudt Faculty Excellence Award

Philomena Behmer M.S., M.Ed., Assistant Professor of Anatomy & Physiology (A&P), was honored with this year’s Kenneth G. Stoudt Faculty Excellence Award at our Convocation ceremony held on August 14. Also a yoga instructor, Philomena incorporates this practice into her A&P instruction, drawing on the tenets of “embodied learning,” which situates the body as a site of learning. Philomena has also combined her passion for yoga and A&P in her current doctoral studies at Penn State Harrisburg, researching the impact of A&P on students enrolled in a yoga teacher training program.

A nursing student who nominated Philomena for this award shared this about her A&P studies with Philomena:  “I took this class in the summer prior to starting the nursing program.  It was four long hours that I originally thought would be unbearable.  It was not.  I learned so much and truly believe this was the class that cemented the final brick in my foundation of understanding the human body.  On the first day of class, Ms. Behmer said something that I will carry with me forever – ‘there is always pains getting from no knowledge to knowledge.’  At the beginning of each semester I would remind myself of this and instead of trying to circumvent the frustration I felt, I was able to accept it as simply part of the learning process.  That has helped me continue to press forward and finish the program strong.”  Congratulations, Philomena!

Learn more about Kenneth G. Stoudt and his reasons for giving!

Scholarship Appreciation Reception

An opportunity for donors and students to meet, share stories and thanks, and celebrate the impact of scholarship support at PA College.

View the photo album from our 2019 reception, featuring guest donor speaker, Sue Pichini ’78 and guest student speaker, Jazlyn Torres ’20 (three-year BSN program).


Phyllis Ward Peters Nursing Endowed Scholarship

25th Anniversary

The Phyllis Ward Peters Endowed Scholarship at PA College was established in 1994 by the late Phyllis Ward Peters. Mrs. Peters was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan and graduated from the Sparrow Hospital School of Nursing in Lansing in 1943. She served as a nurse in the Navy Nurse Corps during World War II in Key West, Florida. Mrs. Peters’ primary role was in the base’s nursery, but she also recalls treating injured servicemen.

She met and later married Melvin H. Peters, a member of the Navy’s Civil Engineer Corp, during her time in Florida. The couple later relocated to Melvin’s hometown of Lancaster. Mrs. Peters did not resume her full time work as a nurse after her marriage, but did periodically work for the Visiting Nurses Association while raising her children.

Mrs. Peters was the first member of her family to attain a post-secondary education, thanks to financial support provided by an uncle. Her gratitude for this gift and the opportunities it provided her helped to foster Mrs. Peter’s life-long commitment to education.

She was passionate about helping students in financial need achieve their academic and professional goals and in addition to the Peters Scholarship at PA College, established scholarship funds at Sparrow Hospital, Franklin & Marshall College and her husband’s Alma Mater, Penn State University. She greatly enjoyed meeting the student recipients of the Peters Scholarship at PA College during her lifetime and was gratified to learn about their aspirations and accomplishments in the field of nursing.

Our heartfelt thanks to the Peters family for their continuing support of this fund and the future nurses of Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences.