Rebekah Lynne Shinabarger Memorial Scholarship

The family of Rebekah Lynne Shinabarger desires to bless a student who is committed to excellent nursing care and also passionately pursues Christ, allowing faith to impact all areas of his or her life.

Who was Rebekah?

Rebekah was a vivacious, tender-hearted ICU nurse with an infectious smile and a loving, servant heart. She was an active 25-year-old, who enjoyed working, running mini-marathons, cooking delightful concoctions, playing her violin, voraciously reading, studying to finish her nurse practitioner degree, and blessing those around her through words and actions. Unexpectedly, illness struck. Within five weeks, Rebekah’s health rapidly deteriorated until, after being flown by helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, she died Christmas morning 2014 of multiple organ failure.

Where is the hope?

For Rebekah and her family, that Christmas Day meant one of their greatest hopes was realized. This hope was Rebekah’s ability to rejoice in heaven with her Savior, free from pain and sin. Rebekah had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as her Savior and Lord. She understood the proper response to the underserved forgiveness found at the cross was a life of gratitude, obedience, and worship of her Savior. Daily, her Christ-centered faith manifested itself through relentless, joyful love and service of others. Although she is still dearly missed, it is our prayer that this scholarship will be a blessing to others who share her vision and passion!


  • The applicants should be entering their final year of a BSN program or pursuing an advanced nursing degree.
  • The scholarship recipient must agree to serve at St. Vincent Evansville for at least one year after completing his or her degree.

A complete application includes:

  • Transcript
  • Professional letter of recommendation
  • Two personal letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Essay of approximately 500 words or less that describes your faith and how it impacts your life and relationships, personally and professionally.

Application due: May 25

Return all required documents to:
St. Vincent Evansville Nursing Scholarship
Nursing Excellence
3700 Washington Ave. | Evansville, IN 47750

For questions regarding the program,
contact Nursing Excellence at 812-485-5733.

The Spirit of Caring is alive at St. Vincent, represented by the three doves of our logo, flying proudly in an integrated formation, depicting the three aspects of holistic healing - body, mind and spirit. We strive to deliver to our patients and families extraordinary patient care every day, with the three doves as our guiding symbol.

As part of Ascension, we are called to:

Service of the Poor | Generosity of spirit, especially for persons most in need.

Reverence | Respect and compassion for the dignity and diversity of life.

Integrity | Inspiring trust through personal leadership.

Wisdom | Integrating excellence and stewardship.

Creativity | Courageous innovation.

Dedication | Affirming the hope and joy of our ministy.


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