Mary Ann Smith of Charleston, Missouri, made a gift to create the scholarship in memory of Pearl Scully for her dedication to the nursing profession and her many contributions to Southeast Missouri State.
The renewable scholarship will be awarded to a student attending Southeast Missouri State University with a minimum 3.0 grade point average who is in the second or third semester of the four-semester Bachelor of Science in Nursing curriculum. Nursing faculty will select the recipient based on superior achievements in nursing scholarship as well as evidence of a caring and knowledgeable presence in student-patient interactions.
Pearl (Golden) Scully was born Feb. 5, 1911, in Lincoln, Alabama, and she married Dr. Mark F. Scully June 23, 1938. Mrs. Scully was a graduate of Garner Hospital of Nursing in Annison, and Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee.
Mrs. Scully served as a public health nurse in Fairmont, West Virginia, and continued her nursing career during the time her husband served in various educational positions in Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Georgia.
In 1956, the Scullys moved to Cape Girardeau, at which time Dr. Scully began his 19-year tenure as the 10th President of Southeast Missouri State. As First Lady of Southeast Missouri State, Mrs. Scully was active in the founding of Faculty Dames and served as its president for almost 20 years. She was a member of the PEO and Quest Club, and served as president of both.
Dr. and Mrs. Scully had two children and two grandchildren. They continued to reside in Cape Girardeau for the remainder of their lives. Mrs. Scully passed away on Oct. 12, 1998, and was much loved by many at the University and throughout southeast Missouri.