Daughters Establish Scholarship at Xavier University to Honor Mother

Scholarship Will Aide Nursing Students | February 1, 2005

Xavier University is proud to be the recipient of an endowed scholarship for nursing students named in honor of Gloria M. Roaden. The first Gloria M. Roaden Memorial Scholarship, to be awarded this fall, will assist a nursing student with tuition and other expenses.

The fund was established in Roaden’s memory by her three daughters, Sandra Berger, Laney Scherder and Linda Kaiser. Berger received her Bachelor of Science in nursing in 1993 from Xavier. She is currently the Director of Nursing at the Center for Surgery in Naperville, IL. Scherder lives in Union, KY and is the executive assistant to the president and CEO of Omnicare. Kaiser resides in Florence, KY and is an office manager for a cardio-thoracic surgery practice.

“Our mother knew that education was the most basic necessity after those vital to life itself, like food, clothing and shelter,” says Scherder. “Therefore, there is no better way to honor the memory of our mother than to continue her vision and passion for a good education to others.”

“The Roaden scholarship will impact not only the recipients of the scholarship, but also the patients for whom they will care for years to come,” says Susan Schmidt, nursing department chair. “Sandy was a leader when she was at Xavier and is now a leader of nursing. Her vision and that of her sisters is yet another confirmation of their ability to see how they can positively impact the future of the world in which we live.”

“I am most appreciative of Sandy, Laney and Linda for making the sacrifices necessary to establish the scholarship. Their investment will significantly impact Xavier in fulfilling our important mission,” says Jim Jackson, director for principle gifts and stewardship. “In addition, this gift exemplifies the circle of giving. What a tremendous tribute to their mother who emphasized early on the value of an education. Now, they continue this circle by honoring their mother with an endowed scholarship bearing her name which will impact the lives of the students for generations to come.”