The Janice M. Roper Memorial Scholarship

The Janice M. Roper Endowed Memorial Scholarship was established by Rachel Parker and her husband Tim to honor Roper’s passion for education and her nursing career. The scholarship will support pre-licensure students in the Bachelor of Science or Masters Entry Clinical Nursing programs, and Advanced Practice RN students. Its mission: to encourage nursing students, especially those from rural communities—like Roper, and those with an interest in diabetes care—a tribute to Roper’s granddaughter, who has type 1 diabetes. 


The Jeanne C. Mayer Centennial Scholarship in Nursing

The Jeanne C. Mayer Centennial Scholarship in Nursing was established by the Mayer Foundation to support undergraduate students at UCLA School of Nursing.


Some people just make an entrance. Such was the case with Jeanne C. Mayer, especially when wearing outfits like her elegant, floor-length, long-sleeve Pucci dress and matching turban. “Most couldn’t pull that off, but she would wear it and look so stunning,” her granddaughter Sarah Kalter says. Yes, Mayer had a deep love of fashion, culture, art and...nurses.


In Memoriam: Kyle Krepistman, MSN'14

“I think we’re from the same tribe.” This is often how Kyle Krepistman would welcome others into his life.


“He had this capacity to truly see and hear people,” said Barbara Demman, a lecturer at the School. The 32-year-old, Orange County native drew people in with his warmth and open heart. His academic path took him to Cal State Dominguez Hills, where he earned his undergraduate degree.

Why I Give - Catherine Gabster honors her brother

Cathy Gabster, MSN ‘07, taught master’s students at the School. She notes: “The UCLA School of Nursing made a big change in my life by enhancing my career in nursing, for which I will always be grateful. Being part of the larger Bruin community has been enriching as well. Alan Gabster, my older brother, passed away in November 2010. He was a retired cardiologist who volunteered setting up and supporting medical outreach clinics and yearly conferences in Panama that continue today.

Annual Scholarship Award Luncheon

The Annual Scholarship Appreciation Lunch recognizes our generous scholarship donors and honorees, and celebrates the deserving student recipients. We are grateful to our alumni and friends who help our students enter the nursing workforce able to take on opportunities based not only on salary considerations, but also on their skills and passions.


In Memorium, Donna F. Ver Steeg

DONNA F. VER STEEG, RN, PHD, FAAN, an emeriti faculty member from the School of Nursing passed away in August. Donna was a valuable member of our faculty and of the nursing profession. She made a profound difference on nursing education at UCLA and the state of California. Dr. Ver Steeg joined the faculty in 1973. During more than two decades of teaching, she also served as assistant dean of student affairs, section chair of primary ambulatory care and associate dean for academic affairs (under Dean Mary Reres).

Meet Jonathan Adrias

We are pleased to announce the addition of Jonathan Adrias to the School of Nursing as the new Director of Alumni Relations and Associate Director of Development. Jonathan will be responsible for implementing a new alumni engagement program, engaging donors and alumni, meeting fundraising goals for the School of Nursing Annual Fund and supporting overall fundraising efforts of the School.

Jonathan joins us from California State University Northridge where he most recently served as the Student and Young Alumni Engagement Coordinator in the Office of Alumni Relations.


Nancy Pike – Why I Give

Nancy Pike, MN ‘93, PhD ‘07

The answer for me is simple….to pay it forward or give back. I received both of my graduate degrees [Master’s (1993) and PhD (2007)] from UCLA and personally benefited from multiple merit-based and teaching–assistant scholarships that partially or fully covered my tuition. I couldn’t be more grateful for the financial assistance when I needed it the most and the priceless faculty mentorship during my 6 years total as a student at UCLA.

Donor Honor Roll