Foundation for Firelands

History of the Scholarships Offered

The Edward J and Doris Daly Baxter Scholarship Fund was endowed by Doris Daly Baxter and her eight children in June of 1990 at a surprise party celebrating the retirement of her husband, Dr. Edward J. Baxter, from his 50 years of practicing medicine. The first scholarship was awarded for the 1990 – 1991 school year, and thanks to the devotion of donations from their children and others in our community, has continued each year since.

This fund provides scholarships to nursing students at the Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing.

“The importance of a nurse’s profession came early on in my life,” says Judy Monaghan, one of Dr. and Mrs. Baxter’s children.  “My father worked with nurses in his private practice. Nurses were an integral part of his success.  They always provided a caring and comfortable environment for patients.”

Judy explained that the nurses in her father’s practice were treated like family, and his patients appreciated the fact that the nurses knew them by name.

In developing the fund, Dr. and Mrs. Baxter recognized that nurses are typically the first ones to come in contact with the patient. They set the tone for the physician, and help patients fully understand the recommendations from their physicians.

They also are compassionate to the fact that many students today are struggling financially. Some have families and need scholarship money to complete their training. Judy and her sister, Nancy, along with their families and area donors, have stepped up to meet this need.

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