The Esther Carlson Lowe Nursing Scholarship Endowment Fund was established in November of 2008 by Martha Black and Earnest B. Lowe.
In order to qualify for a scholarship provided from the Esther Carlson Lowe Nursing Scholarship Endowment Fund, a student must meet the following criteria:
(1) Preference to a single parent who is a full or part-time student from Blount County, attends the majority of classes at the Pellissippi State Blount County Center/Campus, and is a nursing major.
(2) Student must have maintained a minimum 3.0 grade point average in the high school or college last attended;
(3) Receive a written recommendation for the scholarship from his/her college faculty advisor, teacher, or recognized professional person such as his/her employer.
(4) Demonstrate financial need, but not required to comply with state or federal financial aid guidelines.
A scholarship of $500 is awarded annually to a student meeting the eligibility requirements.
Since 2008, 12 students have received the Esther Carlson Lowe Nursing Scholarship.
Esther Carlson Lowe was born Aug. 21, 1914, in Providence, Rhode Island and grew up in Rhode Island and in Sweden. She graduated from the Homeopathic Hospital of Rhode Island as a registered nurse and worked in public health in Providence and New Haven, Connecticut until she became a stewardess with American Airlines in 1938. She was the first stewardess from the state of Rhode Island. In 1940, she married Ernest B. Lowe, a Maryville College graduate, and they settled in Maryville. In 1972, she obtained a B.S. degree with high honors from the University of Tennessee. A member of New Providence Presbyterian Church for many years, she was an active Red Cross volunteer, teaching community Home Health Care and Safety and Mother and Baby Care classes. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.
Esther Judith Charlotte Carlson Lowe, age 93, died July 8, 2008, at Shannondale Healthcare Center, Maryville.
Pictured above from left to right are 2019 and 2020 Esther Carlson Lowe Nursing Scholarship recipient, Laura Howard, Marty Black, David Black and 2018 Esther Carlson Lowe Nursing Scholarship recipient, Jennifer Hawkins.