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Barbara Rhomberg Nursing Scholarship

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Jesus Cruz and Lynn Emswiller have been selected as the 2015 Excellence in Nursing Scholarship recipients!


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Application Deadline and Timeline

  • Applications are not accepted prior to July 31st, 2015.
  • All applications must be postmarked by September 15, 2015.
  • Scholarship awards will be announced on September 30th, 2015.

The Barbara Rhomberg Excellence in Nursing Scholarship, sponsored by B4 Brands, is awarded each year to non-traditional, fulltime students pursuing undergraduate degrees in nursing.  All scholarship winners receive a non-renewable scholarship of $1,000 payable directly to the institution in which they are enrolled.

Undergraduate nursing programs are those offering an associate or bachelor’s degree in nursing.  Non-traditional students are those students who postponed the pursuit of a college degree after high school, or had their college careers interrupted, and instead entered the workforce, or military or fulfilled a family or non-profit obligation.

About Barbara Rhomberg

The Barbara Rhomberg Excellence in Nursing Scholarship, sponsored by B4 Brands, was founded in 2013 in loving memory of Barbara Rhomberg.  Barbara was raised in rural Iowa and graduated from high school in 1954.  After high school, she attended the College of St. Teresa in Winona, Minnesota to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse.  Barbara’s college education was delayed after her sophomore year, when she fell in love, married and devoted her full attention to her expected family, church and community.

After raising eight children and spending over twenty-five years in the home, Barbara sought to complete her nursing education and begin her career.  She went back to school and earned her nursing degree in 1981.  As a Registered Nurse, Barbara worked at the local hospital and medical clinic in Elkader, Iowa.  She was well known for her skillful nursing, extraordinary compassion, loving smile, and generosity with her time and talents to the whole community.

Barbara Rhomberg was diagnosed with gallbladder cancer in 1994 and passed away in 1995 at the age of fifty-nine.  Although her time on earth was short, she positively impacted many, many lives.


To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in a fulltime undergraduate nursing program working toward an associate or bachelor’s degree
  • Non-traditional student, defined as a student that did not immediately continue their education after high school (at least a 3-year gap between high school and enrollment in a college or university)

Note: Past winners and applicants of this scholarship are eligible to re-apply in future years.

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About the Sponsor

Over the past ten years, B4 Brands has grown from an idea into a thriving organization. At B4 Brands, we believe that it is possible to blend environmentalism with wellness and infection control; to use the earth’s natural chemistry to protect people against illness.

In 2012, B4 Brands launched its Eco-Premium™ line of products. These products are the result of years of research, development and testing and represent the most environmentally-sensitive and high-quality line of hand hygiene products available today. The combination of the Eco-Premium and Original lines allows B4 Brands to offer comprehensive hand hygiene solutions for institutional customers in a wide variety of markets, including the healthcare industry. From hand sanitizer, soap and lotion to our line of manual and touch-free dispensing units, we are the environmental choice for your infection control needs.

Join us in the effort to limit the spread of illness-causing infections, to improve wellness, and to end the use of chemicals that threaten the health of our environment.