The Catherine Hilaire Thompson Nursing Scholarship Fund
Established in 2015, this Fund will provide scholarships to graduating students of the Bethlehem Catholic High School who have enrolled or intend to enroll in a nursing program that leads to eligibility for licensing as a Registered Nurse. Students must be a high school senior in the current academic year; be enrolled or intend to enroll in an accredited nursing program that will provide eligibility for the NCLEX-RN exam; demonstrate financial need; and demonstrate academic success. The fund was established in memory of Catherine Hilaire Thompson by her husband, John.
Catherine Hilaire Thompson passed away on December 2, 2014 after a long battle with cancer. Born as the youngest of eight, Catherine was a graduate of Bethlehem Catholic High School, St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing, the University of Pittsburgh and The Ohio State University. She was passionate about nursing education and taught entry-to-practice students at St. Luke’s, Ohio State and Germanna Community College. She worked in nursing and patient education at Mary Washington Hospital in Virginia from 1976 until her retirement in 2003. In her role at Mary Washington Hospital, she developed the childbirth education program including the initiation of breastfeeding support (lactation) services. From Spring 1997 until December 2013, she ran Breastfed Beginnings in order better support nursing mothers in the Fredericksburg, Virginia, area. Catherine was a long-time member and Eucharistic minister at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Virginia. She loved traveling, riding rollercoasters and was an avid genealogist and Ohio State Buckeyes fan.
Gifts in the form of a check can be made payable to the Catherine Hilaire Thompson Nursing Scholarship Fund and mailed to The Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, 840 West Hamilton Street, Suite 310, Allentown, PA 18101. Gifts can also be made via credit card by clicking the PayPal link below. A PayPal account is not required to make an online gift to the Fund.