Dr. Sandra Calkins Kowalski Nursing
Sandra Calkins Kowalski, known as Sandy, graduated at the top of her class from Johnsonburg High School. She and her husband Stan were high school sweethearts. She received her RN in 1960 from the University of Buffalo–affiliated Edward J. Meyer Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. Sandy was a nurse who dedicated her career to community health, considered by many to be critical to the well-being of communities everywhere. Living in Michigan and Indiana, she had served as a Visiting Nurses Association (VNA) advisor for 30 years. She also went on to become a faculty member at Purdue University North Central, and Valparaiso University where she was teaching future nurses and involving students in the community nursing experience. While still in her 50’s, Sandy was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In the years that have followed, its’ devastation had become increasingly apparent. Alzheimer’s disease robbed Sandy of much of her life. It stole her energetic personality, her determination and her contact with the outside world, but it never took away her accomplishments in the nursing field. For this reason her husband Stan established this scholarship to offer opportunities for future generations to walk in Sandy’s footsteps. To be eligible for this scholarship students must be from the Johnsonburg Area High School who will be enrolled in an accredited nursing program. Non-traditional students pursuing a degree in nursing may also be considered. Applications are available through the guidance counselor’s office of the school or by contacting the Foundation office.