Dann Simmons and Brad Olson (Simmons-Olson, Mark Hightower Nursing Scholarship)
Simmons, a Registered Nurse specializing in Geriatrics, and Olson, a Board Certified Pediatrician have dedicated their careers to serving and caring for others throughout their life span. Hightower, an Air Force Veteran, and the first African American to receive the Airman of the Year Award, shared their passion and aspired to become a Registered Nurse. Sadly, Hightower, a man of great integrity, loved and respected by all who knew him, passed away at 47 years of age from a rare and fatal condition known as Progressive Multifocal Leucoencephalopathy (PML). He was not able to finish his nursing education and see that dream materialize. Mark personified professionalism and compassion and realized, first hand, the importance of quality nursing as he received his own care. The Mark Hightower Nursing Scholarship Fund will assist those who share the passion of these men to make a positive impact on the lives of others. Through this effort, they hope to encourage spirited individuals who strive for success in the challenging and rewarding nursing profession.