Scholarship being established to help area nurses advance their careers

Ray Scholarship group photo

Pictured from left: Jeanie Bismark, executive director of the SAU Foundation; Mary Lucy Martel Ray; and Norma Hayes, chair of MRMC Auxiliary Board; back, left to right: Dr. Bernadette Fincher, former chair of the SAU Department of Nursing; Margaret West, CEO, MRMC; and Pat Dumas, president of the MRMC Auxiliary.

The Magnolia Regional Medical Center (MRMC) Auxiliary and Auxiliary Board are establishing a scholarship at Southern Arkansas University in honor of Mary Lucy Martel Ray. When complete, the scholarship will assist nurses at MRMC who wish to advance their nursing careers through one of the degree programs in the Department of Nursing at SAU.

Ray is a nursing graduate of Southern State College (now Southern Arkansas University). When she returned to nursing after a period as a full-time wife and mother, she was appointed Volunteer Coordinator for the hospital. She has served in that capacity for 27 years. In this role she directs the “Pink Ladies” and is the buyer for the Gift Shop. She also works with department managers to place volunteers in various areas of the hospital. At MRMC, she has been described as “the lady with the smiling face, the listening heart and the helpful hands.”

In addition to her professional activities, Ray is active in the community and in her church. She and her husband; Bo, (SAU class of ’73) are the parents of three children; Kris, Elizabeth, and Katherine.

The SAU Department of Nursing offers an Associate of Applied Science Program in Nursing, an LPN to RN Transition track, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, and an online RN to BSN Completion Program. All of the SAU nursing programs are approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC). To find out more about SAU Nursing or its accreditations, visit the SAU Nursing site.