This nursing scholarship was established to honor the life and contributions of Norma Pallasa Bartolome, RN. Bartolome completed her nursing training in the Philippines at Adventist University of the Philippines and immigrated with her family to the U.S. in 1968. At the time there was a severe nursing shortage, and Bartolome was recruited to work at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.
Bartolome, a lifelong Seventh-day Adventist, moved to Keene, Texas, in 1978 with her husband, Guillermo A. Bartolome, and their two sons, Ivan and Ira. They were lured to Texas by jobs at Huguley Hospital, Adventist schools, close Filipino friends (the Bunag family), and a warmer climate.
Bartolome passed away on May 21, 1991, after a short battle with cancer. She died on the same nursing floor at Huguley Hospital where she had worked as an oncology nurse. During her final weeks, her nurse co-workers labored lovingly at her bedside. In addition, her husband "Bart," who was a respiratory therapist at Huguley, cared for her in her last waking moments.
Bartolome is buried only a few blocks from Southwestern in the Keene Cemetery. Her graveside marker includes an engraved picture of her wearing her nursing cap. She is only a few feet away from her beloved husband, who died April 5, 2002, after his own battle with cancer. With the help of their two sons, Bart established this scholarship to annually commemorate Bartolome's dedication as a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, and nurse. Her infectious laughter and delight in Christ were memorable to everyone she met. Those who have survived her agree that she was a mirror of Christ’s love in both her nursing profession and her nurturing personal relationships.
Scholarship award requirements
This scholarship is awarded to students pursing a degree in nursing or who have been accepted for the following year as a student in the nursing program who have either high school or college academic achievement and financial need.
2020-2021- Jennifer Contreras
2018-2019 - Chioma Nwaohuocha
2017-2018 -Leslie Sanchez-Alanis
2016-2017 -John Ombasa
2015- 2016 - Gloria Mapalley
2014-2015 - Dina Narvaez
2013-2014 - Jessica Aguilar
2012-2013 - Sheraine Gordon
2011 - 2012 - Linda Tach
2010- 2011 - Lee Er Jin
2009-2010 - Harold Ong
2008-2009 - Christian Sumanti
2006-2007 - James Dechavez , Silvana Sumanti
2005-2006 - Sonia Ferdinand , Silvana Sumanti