CASPER, Wyo. — Casper College announced this week that Brent Erickson has established a new scholarship to benefit nursing students in memory of his late parents Artie and Oscar “Swede” Erickson.
The Artie and Swede Erickson Nursing Scholarship will be available to one student per semester for an award of $2,675 to cover the cost of in-state tuition. The recipient will also be provided $500 for books.
“This scholarship is a way to honor the memory of my parents and to support students in the Casper area who are seeking a career in health care and nursing,” Brent Erickson said in the college’s announcement. “Both of my parents benefited from professional and compassionate nursing care in their later years, and I realized nurses are the hands-on, bedrock foundation and a critical part of the health care field.”
“My parents loved Casper, and students who graduate in nursing from Casper College tend to stay in Casper and continue to contribute to the local quality of life after they graduate. This scholarship will benefit both students and the community at large. Casper College has a well-known and excellent nursing program. This scholarship is a way to help ensure motivated students can pursue a nursing career and first-rate nursing education by helping cover tuition and books.”
Students will be required to have a minimum 2.0 GPA and must be Wyoming residents who have graduated from a Casper high school majoring in nursing at Casper College in order to qualify for the new scholarship. Need will be a factor in awarding the scholarship. Casper College notes that the recipient of a scholarship could be eligible to receive it for a second year if they continue to meet the scholarship criteria.
Casper College students can apply for scholarships at caspercollege.edu/scholarship.
The college noted that Oscar “Swede” Erickson was coach of the Casper College Thunderbirds basketball team from 1958-1986 and was also the executive director of the Casper College Foundation from 1986-1992. The Casper College Swede Erickson Thunderbird Gym is named after him. More about the history of the college’s basketball program is available from Casper College in this article.