Eileen Ridgway Outreach Scholarship

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.

2021 Co-Recipients

Ellen French, DNP-CNM '21

Headshot of Ellen French DNP-CNM student

Project: Helping the Helpers: Assessing Support Needs and Strengths Among Community Doulas

Focus: Building ties between community birth workers from underserved communities and the system of academic research at Seattle University.

Project Overview:

  1. Build community amongst doulas of color
  2. Fill a gap in research on rates of burnout among community doulas
  3. Provide suggestions on building structural support for community doulas serving underserved communities of color in south Seattle

Sustainability Goal: Mixed-method study created in collaboration with doula leaders at area community clinic. Results will be analyzed and used to create support programming for doulas.

Faculty Sponsor: Kelly McBroom, CNM, PhD

Natalie Van Houten, DNP-CNM '21

Headshot of Natalie Van Houten, DNP-CNM student

Project: Screen Where the People Are: Using Self-Collected Primary HPV Testing in Day Shelters to Increase Cervical Cancer Screening Rates in Homeless Women

Focus: Determine if using self-collected primary HPV testing in a community setting to screen for cervical cancer is appropriate for adoption in practice.

Project Overview/Aims:

  1. Decrease barriers and improve cervical cancer screening rates for homeless women in the Seattle area
  2. Increases knowledge of the disease processes of HPV and cervical cancer and willingness to self-screen
  3. Determine if using self-collected primary HPV testing in a community setting is appropriate for adoption to practice
  4. Collect data about the rates of cervical cancer screening in the local homeless population (currently not tracked in King County).

Sustainability Goal:  If data supports efficacy of using self-collected primary HPV testing to screen for cervical cancer – this practice could become standardized with local community and beyond.

Faculty Sponsor: Janiece E. DeSocio, PhD, RN, PMHNP-BC, FAAN

This scholarship was created to inspire emulation of the work and visions of Dr. Ridgway; fueling leadership development through empowering student involvement in community outreach, service and civic efforts.

For more information

Peggy O’Boyle Fine, Director of Development

Current students should contact their program for more information about scholarship availability.

Graduate Student: dnp@seattleu.edu   

Undergraduate Students: CONadvising@seattleu.edu

Dr. Eileen Ridgway Outreach Scholarship