Baltimore, Md. – The University of Maryland School of Nursing announced today the establishment of the Hilda Mae Snoops Memorial Scholarship Fund at the School. The fund has been endowed by Comptroller and former Governor William Donald Schaefer, in honor of Ms. Snoops, his long-time friend and companion, who passed away in June.
The scholarship fund, which will provide financial aid to nursing students based on need and merit, has been established by an initial commitment of $350,000 from the former governor. "I will always take great comfort in our special relationship and pride in what Hilda Mae did as a nurse, and on her own, to improve the quality of life for others" said the Governor. He added, "With the creation of this living memorial, I hope to keep that spirit alive.
Dr. Barbara R. Heller, Dean of the School of Nursing said, "We are proud to play such a significant role in honoring Ms. Snoops, while providing aspiring nurses throughout Maryland the opportunity to study at this world renowned institution. Of Governor Schaefer's contribution, Dr. Heller added, "This scholarship fund will have a profound effect on the preparation of nurses, and therefore Maryland's quality of health care, for generations to come, while also attracting nursing students during a severe nursing shortage."
Ms. Snoops, who graduated from the Church Home and Hospital School of Nursing, was a health care analyst for the federal Health Care Financing Administration prior to serving as official State House hostess during Schaefer's eight years as governor.