A Heart for Nursing: The Hargrove Memorial Scholarship

Nursing students are helped by the Hargrove Memorial Scholarship

Bobby Hargrove and his wife, Betty, decided they could best honor the memory of their daughter-in-law by helping those like her.

“She was a fantastic nurse,” Bobby Hargrove said of Christina “Tina” Hargrove. “We wanted to see nurses come into the profession who would treat patients and their families like Tina did. We thought that would be the best way to honor her.”

The Christina Hargrove Memorial Scholarship helps students who have been accepted into Maranatha’s Nursing Department and have demonstrated a desire to serve the Lord through nursing. Tina Hargrove was a great example to follow, according to her father-in-law.

Tina HargroveShe completed 5 ½ years of college and nursing studies while raising four children, graduating second in her class at Oakland University. Tina eventually became a nurse coordinator for the Head and Neck Cancer Department at the Josephine Ford Cancer Center and Henry Ford Hospital’s Department of Otolaryngology in Detroit, Michigan. Doctors for whom Tina worked testified of her love for cancer patients and her dedication to their needs.

Her life ended suddenly in an auto accident on Nov. 27, 2002.

The Hargroves are members of Faith Baptist Church of Warren, Michigan. Their former pastor, Dr. Marty Marriott, is now Maranatha’s president.

“If there are more nurses here like Tina, we want to be sure to help them,” Bobby said.

The three recipients of the 2011 Hargrove Scholarship were Frank Chrisinger, a senior from Watertown, Wisconsin; Faith Thompson, a junior from Barrigada, Guam; and Leah Nagel, a senior from Sheldon, Wisconsin.

As a freshman, Nagel worked a combined 40 hours per week at Maranatha’s Costume Cottage and at Shepherds Ministries, a home for adults with developmental disabilities. She is now a certified nursing assistant at Golden Living Center in Watertown.

“I am paying most of my way, and I have always struggled financially,” Nagel said.

Leah NagelNagel said the scholarship means more to her than just money. Betty Hargrove writes the names of recipients in her Bible and prays for them every week. The Hargroves also send the students a Christmas gift.

“The Hargroves know what nursing students go through,” Nagel said. “The legacy Tina left behind encourages me to keep on persevering.”

Maranatha is grateful for Christians like the Hargroves who reach out to help deserving young people. Would you like to bless a student who is preparing to demonstrate Christ’s love to others through Nursing or another of Maranatha’s 28 majors? You can endow a scholarship or fund one through annual giving. Check out www.mbu.edu/giving for information on privately funded scholarships or call Director of Development John Davis at 920-206-2325.