The Students Make It All Worthwhile
Sylvia Anderson Price
Fulfilling the educational goals of future nursing students is high on Sylvia Price's priority list. She invested herself deeply in her profession as a staff nurse, supervisor and faculty member. Her professional success, along with her book royalties, has allowed her to establish the Dr. Sylvia Anderson Price Scholarship Fund to provide need-based scholarships to students enrolled in Ohio State's College of Nursing.
During her sophomore year at Ohio State, Sylvia interviewed with Frieda Stewart Shirk, assistant director at the School of Nursing. "Her questions were thought-provoking and compelled me to consider the pros and cons of a nursing career," said Sylvia. "After that interview, I was convinced nursing would be my professional career." She formed strong bonds with her close-knit group of fellow nursing students and has maintained a close relationship with her first roommate in nursing, Marilyn Bean Haver. They correspond and visit each other, and even roomed together at their 25th and 50th reunions.
Early in her career, Sylvia taught a pathophysiology course for undergraduate nursing students at the University of Michigan. At that time, there was not a pathophysiology textbook available in nursing and allied health. Along with her colleague, Lorraine Wilson, she submitted a book proposal to McGraw-Hill and signed the contract for the book Pathophysiology: Clinical Concepts of Disease Processes. It was published in 1978 and is now in its 6th edition.
In her role as a faculty member at the University of Michigan, she taught and conducted research in nursing administration, while also co-authoring four textbooks and several journal articles. After she retired to Holmes Beach, Florida, she accepted a position as an associate professor at the College of Nursing at the University of Tennessee in Memphis. "It was an exciting time for me because I had the chance to mentor and collaborate with several students in their writing endeavors, some of whom are now published authors," said Sylvia.
A nursing fellowship allowed Sylvia to follow her passion for nursing and complete her advanced degrees. The opportunities she experienced motivated her to give back to Ohio State. She supports the College of Nursing through current use gifts and a Charitable Gift Annuity, which provides a fixed annuity payment for life in exchange for a gift of cash or appreciated securities.
She was honored for her commitment to the college and was invited as the guest speaker for the sixth annual scholarship reception. "It was time to give back to Ohio State because it gave so much to me and was the foundation for many successes in my professional career," said Sylvia. "I take great satisfaction in knowing future students can be relieved from the financial pressures of paying for college and can focus their time and energy on studying and improving themselves."
Recently, a scholarship recipient from Central America wrote Sylvia to express her gratitude. The scholarship has had a tremendous impact and allows her to focus on her education and learning. Additionally, it will enable her to visit her mother whom she has not seen in more than four years. "Her letter of acknowledgment of the funding was so gratifying to me on a personal level," said Sylvia. "Letters like this make it all worthwhile!"