Nygren awarded nursing scholarship Karla Nygren, sophomore nursing student at Mount Marty College, has been awarded the Colonel Marcella A. Draper Nipps Scholarship for the 2000-2001 academic year.
Nygren, of Vermillion, met the academic and financial requirements for the scholarship. She also completed a 300-word essay that explained her choice of nursing as a career, an American that she admired and her sentiments regarding patriotism.
"The nursing profession appeals to me because it is a way to give back to society. I enjoy being able to serve the community. To me there is no greater reward than when someone (I've helped) looks at me and smiles or says thanks for being there," Nygren wrote.
The scholarship Nygren receives commemorates Marcella A. Draper Nipps, a Mount Marty College graduate who served for 29 years in the United States Army. After a short bout with cancer, Nipps died March 31, 1999.
She was a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and had completed the ANEDD Officer Advanced Course. She had been awarded the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (3OLC), Army Commendation Medical (1OLC), Vietnam Service/Campaign Ribbon, Overseas Ribbon, National Defense Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, and Order of Medical Military Merit. She retired in November 1997 after 29 years of service and is recognized at the Women's Military Memorial at Arlington, VA.
She married Bobby G. Nipps of Arkansas on July 7, 1973 in Ft. Benning, GA. They served together in the U.S. Army until Bobby retired in 1993 with 33 years of service. They moved to Sioux Falls in 1997 following her retirement from the Army in 1997.
The scholarship that has been established in her honor at Mount Marty was developed to recognize a student who parallels Marcy's personality. The recipient chosen each year is selected on the basis of strong work ethic, both scholastically and in everyday life. Those who knew Marcy as a student realized how she struggled to achieve academically yet she never gave up her dreams. She was a mentor to many fellow students, nurses and family members. These elements form the basis for the scholarship award that is.