Norma Adams Scholarship
When Norma Adams was appointed in 1973 to direct the new Volunteer Program at University Hospitals, she faced the challenge with gusto. Her training and experience were in nursing, which she loved, but her genius was her skill in interpersonal relationships. She was loving, giving, organized, disciplined, and goal-oriented—perfect skills for her new job. The Volunteer Program grew year by year, both in number of volunteers and funds raised for important projects.
After Norma’s death, friends and family looked for a way to preserve her impact on their lives. They created the Norma Adams Scholarship to help UI students in health care fields carry out Norma’s dream: that all patients and their families be treated with respect and love.
The Norma Adams Scholarship was created by the Volunteer Program Advisory Committee, which administers profits earned through hospital gift shop sales. The committee created the fund with a $25,000 contribution. Several thousand dollars was later added in the form of gifts from family and friends.
The scholarship fund is designed to assist and encourage University of Iowa students in health care fields, but the donors are equally concerned that these gifts serve to memorialize and honor the unique contributions of Norma Adams. The scholarship is awarded to students in medicine, dentistry, or nursing.
Norma was born February 7, 1929, in Louisa County, Iowa, and graduated from Lone Tree High School. She married Dr. Clifton Adams, a dentist, on July 22, 1951, in Lone Tree. A 1951 graduate of the UI College of Nursing, Norma was employed as a nurse at University Hospitals until 1973, when she was named founding director of the Volunteer Program. She died of cancer at the age of 52 on February 26, 1981, at her Iowa City home.
Norma had a great sense of humor and the capacity to enjoy, and she shared both gifts with everyone around her.
Congratulations on receiving the Norma Adams Scholarship