Congratulations to the 2018 Dr. Eileen Ridgway Outreach Scholars: Bridgett Chandler and Jessica Graves

Established in May 1996, the Dr. Eileen Ridgway Endowed Nursing Scholarship aims to kindle and fuel leadership development by encouraging student development in community outreach, service, and civic efforts. Dr. Eileen Ridgway served as the dean of the Seattle University College of Nursing from 1968-1977.

Graduate Student Scholar

Bridgett Chandler, Graduate Student, DNP-FNP '21

2018 Ridgway Scholar, DNP student

Bridgett Chandler is in her first year of studies in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with a focus in family nurse practitioner. Her project “Pet Care Planning for Vulnerable Population using Data Capture and Sharing” was designed to benefit residents of Seattle Housing Association (SHA) who are low-income, single residents nearing end of life.

Bridgett is no stranger to Seattle U. In 1983, she was an Outstanding Graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences earning her bachelor’s degree in Foreign Languages. She said she decided to return to Seattle U to pursue her DNP, because it was important to her “to go to a school where faculty engage with students” and where “excellent clinical placements that provide opportunities to serve humbly.

"I am thrilled to have been accepted into the SU DNP program where I can develop new skills to serve people in much more direct way, helping to partner with families to promote their well-being,” she says.

In anticipation of her DNP studies Bridgett began learning Arabic two years ago, because she hopes her career as a DNP will include serving Arabic speaking families along with other vulnerable populations. As a health care provider she hopes that speaking “at least a bit of Arabic” with those families will help “put them at ease and to feel respected.”

Learn more about Bridgett’s Ridgway Scholar Project Overview.

Undergraduate Student Scholar

Jessica Graves, BSN '19

2018 Ridgway Scholar, BSN student

Jessica Graves is in her junior year in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program at Seattle U. Her project “Brochure to Promote Cardiac Health and Self-Management for Patients with Limited English Proficiency” was designed to aid non-English speaking outpatients who have medically complex cardiac health care needs.

Jessica was drawn to nursing as a career early in life. She said she “began at the earliest age I could, 15, with a hospital internship that defined my goals to serve rural and underserved populations.”

In recent years, she has dedicated hundreds of hours to volunteering, including local food banks, the Harborview Emergency Department and Snoqualmie Hospital. She has also given significant time to provide side-by-side mentoring of patients seen at Children’s Hospital and supporting the Dominican Republic based Children of the Nations Organization.

When she graduates, Jessica aspires to work as a nurse in and acute care setting.

She says, she’s “a proud student of Seattle U, because of the positive reputation graduate uphold in the community…Seattle U has provided professors that are attentive to my success…providing chances to network, opportunities to serve the community, and opening my eyes to a better sense of my own values.”

Learn more about Jessica’s Ridgway Scholar Project Overview.

For more information about this and other Endowed Nursing Scholarships, contact Laurie Ramacci Noegel, Director of Development at (206) 296-2152 or