Talia Stohl Fritz Nursing Scholarship
Talia Stohl Fritz was born in 1908 in Inwood, Iowa to very humble beginnings. She was one of three children and her parents were immigrants from Karmoy Island, Norway. Talia graduated high school at the beginning of the Great Depression. Her brother, Pete, was able to earn enough extra money to not only care for their parents, sister, and two nieces, but also to buy Talia a bus ticket to Iowa City in order to attend the University of Iowa Nursing School.
As a nursing student, Talia received a scholarship for tuition, room and board, and a regular small stipend which allowed her to earn her R.N. degree in three-years. Upon her graduation in February of 1931, Talia accepted a nursing position at Loring Hospital in Sac City, Iowa. One of her early patients was a farm laborer with an injury. Once healed from his injury, they dated, married and were tenant farmers near Early, Iowa. They later owned their own farm near Sioux Rapids, Iowa and raised three children. She continued to serve her community in a nursing capacity for many years, particularly during the polio epidemics.
Through Talia’s education at the UI, she was able to connect her passion for and interest in helping others to create a meaningful personal and professional life. The Taila Stohl Fritz Nursing Scholarship was a gift in memory of Talia and is supported today by her daughter and son-in-law, Lois (1958, B.S.C.) and David Gardner (1958, B.S.C.).
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