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Norma P. Bartolome

This nursing scholarship was established to honor the life and contributions of Norma Pallasa Bartolome, RN. Bartolome completed her nursing training in the Philippines at Philippine Union College (Adventist University of the Philippines) and immigrated with her family to the U.S. in 1968. At the time there was a severe nursing shortage and Bartolome was recruited to work at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

Bartolome, a lifelong Seventh-day Adventist, moved to Keene, Texas, in 1978 with her husband, Guillermo A. Bartolome and their two sons Ivan and Ira. They were lured to Texas by jobs at Huguley Hospital, Adventist schools, close Filipino friends (the Bunag family), and a warmer climate.

Bartolome passed away on May 21, 1991, after a short battle with cancer. She died on the same nursing floor at Huguley Hospital where she had worked as an oncology nurse. During her final weeks, it was her nurse co-workers who labored lovingly at her bedside. In addition, her husband, also known as “Bart,” was a respiratory therapist at Huguley and cared for her in her last waking moments.

Bartolome is buried only a few blocks from Southwestern in the Keene Cemetery. Her graveside marker includes an engraved picture of her wearing her nursing cap. She is only a few feet away from her beloved husband, Bart, who died April 5, 2002, after his own battle with cancer. Bartolome’s husband and two sons established this scholarship to annually commemorate her dedication as a wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, and nurse. Her infectious laughter and mischievous delight for Christ were memorable to everyone she met. Those who have survived her agree that she was a mirror of Christ’s love in both her nursing profession and her nurturing personal relationships.

Students Recipients 

2020-2021- Jennifer Contreras

2018-2019 - Chioma Nwaohuocha

2017-2018 -Leslie Sanchez-Alanis

2016-2017 -John Ombasa