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Ken Harper honors wife, NKU with endowment to help meet demand for health care professionals

Northern Kentucky University has announced an endowed scholarship to honor and recognize the legacy of Eileen Harper that will help meet the region’s demand for health care professionals.

The endowed scholarship will support NKU students who are pursuing a degree in health-related careers and are also employed by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. Former Kentucky state legislator Ken Harper established the scholarship to honor his late wife, Eileen. He wanted to emphasize NKU’s role in training future health care professionals across the region, a calling the Harpers grew to appreciate over the years of treatment and care they received at St. Elizabeth.

Ken and Eileen Harper

“I’m incredibly moved by the St. Elizabeth team’s compassion and attentiveness to Eileen’s wellbeing. When you think about it, nurses arguably have the most important answers to our health needs. Their unique ability to tend and care of multiple patients at one time, all with distinctive

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