David Nelson Jr Memorial Fund
The David Nelson Jr. Memorial Fund provides educational scholarships for children of deceased organ and tissue donors.
On June 6, the Nelson family awarded 7 scholarships at Gift of Life Donor Program. Six of the winners and their families were present for the awards. Each student was awarded $1,000 to pursue their education. The 2016 winners are:
Evelyn Austin - attending St. John's University in New York City. Eve’s father, Kevin Austin, was a donor in 2015.
Katie Connolly - attending Villa Joseph Marie High School in Holland, PA. Kenneth Connolly, Katie’s father was a donor in 2013.
Alexandra Kowalski - attending St. Hubert's Catholic High School for Girls in Philadelphia, PA. Alexandra’s father, Henry Kowalski Jr., gave the gift of life in 2009.
Kamilia Lewis - returning to Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA. Her father, Karim Lewis, was a donor in 2010.
Maria Livecchi - going to DeSales University in Center Valley, PA. Charles Livecchi, Maria’s father, was a donor in 2015.
Jessica Spangler - getting her Doctor of Pharmacy at Thomas Jefferson University. Jessica’s father Charles Spangler was a donor in 2001
Tess Walsh - attending University of Delaware in Newark. Tess’s mother, Joan Walsh, gave the gift of life in 2014.
The Nelson family has provided these scholarships since 2009 and have awarded over $30,000 in scholarships for children of organ and tissue donors.
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David Nelson Jr. passed away suddenly in July 2006. During his journey, David’s compassion for others resulted in his decision to be an organ donor. Because of his courageous efforts, five other people have received organs necessary to save or improve their lives. While his loved ones continue to struggle daily with their grief, knowing that David was able to improve the lives of other people and their families eases their pain.
In his memory, David’s family and friends have established the David Nelson Jr. Memorial Fund. The Fund’s mission and purpose is to provide educational scholarships for surviving children of donor parents, in David’s spirit of compassion and giving. Awarding financial support to donor families provides an opportunity to “give back” to the true heroes – the donors – by supporting their children's educational goals.
The David Nelson Jr. Memorial Fund will annually award a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving child of a deceased donor parent or guardian. The funds will help pay for high school or college.
For more information, please visit The Fund's web site, www.davidnelsonjrmemorialfund.org.
- Be a child of a deceased organ, tissue or cornea donor who was his or her parent or guardian
- Be enrolled in a private or parochial high school OR presently enrolled in or accepted for the 2017 academic year to a 2 or 4-year college, university or trade/technical school
- Reside in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey or Delaware covered by Gift of Life Donor Program
- Be under 25 years old
- Use scholarship award for continuing education at private/parochial high school, accredited college, university or trade/technical school certificate program during 2017-2018 academic year
- Provide a brief statement summarizing academic ambitions and extracurricular and/or volunteer activities
- Provide two letters of reference from a non-relative (i.e. Teacher, Clergy)
- Provide current transcript and/or acceptance letter from high school, college, university, or trade/technical school
Applications for 2017 are now open! Deadline for applications is April 30, 2017. Applications must be postmarked by this date.
2017 David M. Nelson Jr. Scholarship Application - 87.5KB
Giving Life a Second Chance
Since 1974, Gift of Life Donor Program has helped hundreds of thousands of patients through organ and tissue donation.
Joe thought his days of playing soccer were over when he was diagnosed with heart disease and needed a life-saving heart transplant to survive. Now, at 18, he is back on the field and living up to his nickname "The Blur" all thanks to his hero, an organ donor.
Threads of Love Donor Quilt
Explore the online quilts to view the quilt squares provided by the loved ones of those who died and gave the gift of life. The actual quilts are available for display in public places throughout the region to promote donor awareness.