In Memory of Erma Rosen
September 4, 1920 - February 28, 2017
Erma Hazel (Niss) Rosen was born on September 4, 1920 to John and Linnie Niss. She attended country school in Waverly Township and then Fairmont High School. After high school Erma worked at Fairmont Railway Motors. On April 29, 1942, she married and had two sons together, Thomas and Richard.
First and foremost Erma loved being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, her family was the light of her life. She thrived with her friendships, whether it was playing bridge with her friends or hosting visitors for coffee and dessert. She was involved with the Martin County Historical Society and active in the First Congregational, UCC where she taught Sunday school and served as a Deaconess.
Erma loved and respected the nursing profession. She is the reason FCH Foundation has such a substantial nursing scholarship opportunity. Erma had dreams of becoming a nurse, but her life situation prevented that from becoming reality. Living on a farm, live was tough for her parents and siblings.
"But I was raised by a very loving, giving mother," Rosen said. "She would take care of sick people. She even delivered babies. I wanted to be like my mother. I always wanted to help, so growing up, the nursing career was the one profession that caught my eye." However, with financial setbacks, Erma had to give up on the idea of college.
Erma has provided nursing scholarships to 9 individuals since 2009, helping those with financial assistance so they can achieve their dream.
Erma Rosen Nursing Scholarship Winners:
2017 Jennifer Svoboda
2017 Pauline Anderson
2017 Mary Ecker
2017 Ryan Mennsen
2017 Anna Munsterteiger
2017 Melissa Viesselman
2016 Krista Hassing
2016 Tyler Sinn
2016 Marissa Hagedorn
2015 Celia Petrowiak
2015 Erica Thate
2014 Paige Bremer
2013 Ashley Earheart
2012 Kasey Kasel
2011 Sarah Stocker
2010 Kendra Kurseth
2009 Jennifer Klingbeil
ERMA ROSEN NURSING SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS
APPLICANTS FOR THE ERMA ROSEN NURSING SCHOLARSHIP MUST HAVE COMPLETED THREE FULL YEARS OF AN ACCREDITED BACCALAUREATE NURSING PROGRAM AND BE ENTERING THEIR FOURTH YEAR. THE APPLICANT MUST BE A FULL TIME STUDENT AND PREFERENCE IS GIVEN TO STUDENTS WHO GRADUATED FROM A HIGH SCHOOL IN MARTIN/FARIBAULT COUNTY OR SURROUNDING AREAS.
Scholarship information regarding the Erma Rosen Nursing Scholarship is sent to area Colleges and Universities that offer a 4-year accredited baccalaureate nursing program. This will include application information and how to contact FCH Foundation for additional information.
Scholarship applications are due April 15th to Kayla Caven, Executive Assistant. A log of applications will be maintained.
All applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee of FCH Foundation. Recommendation will be forwarded to the full board for approval/disapproval at the next regular meeting.
Successful applicants are notified. They will be asked to forward documentation of tuition costs and course work completed to the Executive Assistant.
Amount of scholarship(s) will be determined by amount of revenue available and number of outstanding candidates.
August and January
A check will be sent to the scholarship recipient(s) college or university.