A new scholarship at Northwestern State University will help a student pursuing a degree in the healthcare field. The Tabor Family ASN Scholarship is an endowed scholarship that will be presented to a student in first-fourth level clinicals on a needs-based basis.
James and Krystyna Tabor of Shreveport created the scholarship to honor his brother Charles Tabor, a 1973 NSU graduate who was a math teacher for more than 50 years. Krystyna Tabor earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing at NSU and is currently on faculty in the College of Nursing at the Shreveport campus where James is an administrative assistant.
“All three of us were raised in families that taught the importance of service to others,” Krystyna Tabor said. “Service to others is embedded into our chosen professions: education and nursing. Charles was a great supporter of education as evidenced by 50-plus years of teaching service. He went above and beyond his classroom duties by setting the service example and assisting anywhere he could, including in his church and community.”
Krystyna Tabor chose nursing as a serving profession and later became a nurse educator.
“When I decided to become a nurse educator, Charles was extremely happy that we would have another teacher in the family,” she said. “We spent many visits discussing the teaching profession which made our bond stronger. My husband, although not an educator, has always been very supportive of our careers; so much so that when he retired, he took a position as an administrative assistant at the College of Nursing so that he could help faculty and students. When Charles passed away, we wanted to honor Charles and help struggling students, so we created the Tabor Family Scholarship.
Charles Tabor was a resident of Olton, Texas, near Lubbock, an educator in the Olton Independent School District and for several years was a foster parent to boys who came from difficult home situations. The boys had different ethnic backgrounds and Tabor felt it was a calling to provide a safe home for his adopted sons, who came from difficult home situations.
Friends interested in contributing to the Tabor Family Scholarship can do so by visiting this link: https://northwesternstatealumni.com/tabor-scholarship/.