Mercy College Receives $426,000 Gift from Nursing Alumna

(Des Moines, Iowa) - Mercy College of Health Sciences (Mercy College) announced today that it has received an alumna gift of $426,772 from the estate of G. Frances Shiltz Weieneth to establish an endowed scholarship for the benefit of a nursing student. Mrs. Weieneth was a 1945 diploma nursing graduate of the Mercy School of Nursing in Des Moines.

Weieneth requested that first priority for receiving the scholarship be given to an eligible nursing student from Ottumwa, Iowa. She spent much of her working career as an industrial nurse at the John Deere Ottumwa Works. Second priority would go to students interested in nursing and graduating from high schools in Appanoose, Davis, Monroe or Wapello counties and wanting to study at Mercy College.

The scholarship is named the John F. and G. Frances Weieneth Nursing Scholarship with the goal to support one nursing student with an award estimated at more than $21,000 when fully funded in three years.

The School of Nursing at Mercy College enrolls more than 400 students annually in three academic programs: an Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN); an RN to BSN program for registered nurses who hold a diploma or associate degree in nursing and wish to complete the final coursework required for a bachelor’s degree; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program that allows completion in three years.

Mercy College graduated a 132 new nurses who went on to successfully complete the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN)® in calendar year 2014, making it a leader in the education of nurses in Iowa.

Mercy College is the only Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC). To learn more about all of our health science academic programs, visit

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