Mildred G. Wright Nursing Scholarship
Mildred Grace Wright was born in 1906 in Olpe, Kansas, the fifth in a family of 13 children. As a child, her family moved to Iowa where she spent the rest of her life, serving the state for more than 20 years as a teacher, social worker, and Calhoun County Welfare Director.
In 1933, Mildred married Charles Wright, a county assessor. He was ill for more than half of their 10-year marriage, and she was devoted to caring for him at home until his passing.
The couple never had children of their own, and although Mildred never graduated from college, she took great pride in providing monetary support for the education of many of her nieces and nephews.
“I know there are many people who benefited from her service to the community,” says Patricia Sanely, one of Mildred’s nieces. “My aunt believed whole-heartedly in personal responsibility, but enjoyed being able to help people help themselves.”
Mildred’s sister, Dorothy Lovely, was a former University of Iowa Foundation accountant and encouraged her to set up a bequest for scholarship support at the UI. Mildred was known for being frugal and that frugality made the Mildred Wright Nursing Scholarship possible.
It is believed that Mildred selected the University of Iowa College of Nursing for her scholarship fund because she had received excellent care from nurses during the years when her health was declining.
Congratulations on receiving the Mildred G. Wright Nursing Scholarship