John D. Skelley Memorial Scholarship Fund
This fund was established in 2005 by Karen M. Kopischke in memory of her husband, John D. Skelley. Karen wanted to encourage men, an underrepresented population in the nursing profession, to seek a career in the field.
John was born October 4, 1958 in Dubuque, Iowa. He graduated from Wahlert High School in 1978. Following graduation, he attended the University of Iowa and earned his B.S.N. degree from the UI College of Nursing in 1982. He later attended St. Louis University, earning his physician assistant certificate in 1987.
From 1987 to 1999, John worked at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Program. He then transferred to Kansas City, Missouri, to work at the Children’s Mercy Hospital in the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program until 2004. John was known for being a skilled clinician and having an excellent eye for detail. His unwavering commitment to his patients and their comfort was authentic and inspiring.
John suffered from cystic fibrosis, but always maintained a positive outlook. He was a devoted husband and father to his two sons, Adam and Duma, and enjoyed the activities and antics of his boys. His love and compassion for Karen and his sons was always first and foremost in his life.
Congratulations on receiving the John D. Skelley Memorial Scholarship Fund