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Frederick CC employee establishes scholarship in mother's honor

September 14, 2009

FREDERICK, Md. -- A scholarship in memory of Regina Culler Munshour has been established at Frederick Community College by her daughter, Jean Munshour, a 38-year employee of the college.

Regina Munshour died in May 2008, 11 days before her 100th birthday.

Her daughter created the scholarship to honor her mother's devotion to the medical profession. Regina Munshour was a medical secretary for 50 years. She worked for Drs. A. Austin Pearre Sr., Henry V. Chase, Edward P. Thomas Sr. and William Meredith Smith. She remained with Pearre until her retirement.

 "From the time she graduated from Frederick High School in 1926 until her retirement in 1976, she worked for these doctors, and back then, medical secretaries did everything that nurses did," Jean Munshour said. "I wanted to honor her vocation, and FCC seemed like the perfect place. She worked for so long in Frederick, and I've been at FCC for so long, everybody knew her. Her name will be remembered because of this scholarship, and it's for a good cause."

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 The scholarship is available to full- or part-time students in FCC's nursing programs. To apply, students should contact the FCC Office of Financial Aid.

 "Jean is such an example to her co-workers, our students and the community," said Carol Eaton, FCC president. "Her quiet dedication and consistent service speak volumes about her priorities, and the kind of person she is. Her mother would appreciate this scholarship in her honor, but she would be even more proud of her daughter for creating it to help the next generation of nurses."

 Jean Munshour is an FCC alumna and has worked at the college with all of FCC's presidents, including the first, Duval W. Sweadner. She earned her associate degree in business administration in 1968 and completed her bachelor's degree in management at Hood College in 1988. She began working in the Admissions and Registration Office in 1971. She has worked in the Financial Aid/Veterans Office, the Cashier's Office, and is currently in the Welcome and Registration Center. Her current position is FEMA specialist. She coordinates the credits from online FEMA courses that students need for certificates and degrees in emergency management.

 The Regina Munshour Memorial Scholarship is also given in appreciation of the nurses who cared for Munshour at the end of her life, many of them FCC graduates. Her nurse at the time of her death was Sarah White, FCC's 5,000th student.

 Several of the family's relatives also chose careers in nursing, and the scholarship honors their contributions to health care. Regina Munshour's sister, Martha Jane Culler Fogle, who died in 1999, was a nurse trained at Frederick Memorial Hospital, and from Thurmont, Md., her late sister-in-law, Eloise Leichter, was a nurse, as well as two nieces, Nancy Angell and Bonnie Ohler.

Since 1981, the FCC Foundation Inc. has awarded numerous scholarships to FCC students through the investments of individual and corporate donors. To create a named scholarship or to make a contribution to an existing scholarship or endowment, contact the FCC Foundation at foundation@frederick.edu or call 301-846-2438.

                                                                   

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