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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

May 6, 2011

Gift of healthcare advocate will assist Northwest nursing students

Alice Weathermon Oliver

Alice Weathermon Oliver

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Alice Weathermon Oliver was a longtime advocate for healthcare and education, and now her gift will aid students at Northwest Missouri State University who are pursuing nursing degrees.

The late Alice Weathermon Oliver generously established the Alice M. Oliver Scholarship program, which will be awarded to students who have declared a major in nursing.

After living most of her 98 years on a farm near Guilford in northwest Missouri, most of which was with her late husband, Wesley, Alice deeply appreciated all she was given and wanted to see that others had the same chance.

The couple never had children, but maintained special relationships with her nieces and nephews, who included Rosalie Weathermon, a career development coordinator at Northwest, and Marilyn Jackson, a Northwest alumna.

"She was an example of how to grow old gracefully and she adapted to her circumstances, which were not always wonderful and found ways to get along," Jackson said.

Living frugally allowed Alice and Wesley to give to organizations they cared about, including Children's Mercy Hospital. They developed a special fondness for the hospital through the care it provided to their niece Teresa Walters, who had muscular dystrophy. Now, their estate gift of more than $70,000 will help many Northwest students majoring in nursing.

"Alice greatly appreciated the care she received in her last years and knew the financial hardships students can face to further a career in nursing. In fact, she added this gift to her will just a few months before she passed away," Rosalie Weathermon said. "It is the family's hope that a Northwest student will be inspired by this scholarship and Alice's legacy."

Alice and Wesley cared deeply about education and healthcare as evidenced by their gifts to two area hospitals and national charities such as the American Cancer Society, Muscular Dystrophy Association and the American Heart Association. Another scholarship is endowed at South Nodaway R-IV Schools. 

For more information about the Alice M. Oliver Scholarship program or Northwest Foundation, Inc., call 660.562.1248.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468