What motivated my gift?
Rolland R. Ramsthel
In 2006, the late Rolland Ramsthel established a permanent endowment through NCF to provide scholarships for graduates of Burwell, Ord, Wheeler Central or Loup County high schools who are pursuing training to become a registered nurse.
“I came from a regular working family. My father worked as a clerk for the Union Pacific Railroad. At nine, in the early 1930s, I went to work selling papers on the street for the Grand Island Daily Independent at three cents a paper. It cost me one cent a paper. A good day would bring in 16 to 20 cents. This is where I learned to save money.
Seventy-six years down the road, I have some money, but no close relatives to give it to. I gave this a lot of thought and with some help from upstairs, I decided I could help students become registered nurses. I’ve been in the hospital more times than I care to count and they [nurses] are the ones that help you get well with all of their care, smiles and conversation. If this part of the country gets more RNs, everyone will benefit with better health.”
- Rolland R. Ramsthel, Burwell, NE (1921-2008)