Scholarship Fund Remembers Young Volunteer

In an outpouring of love and support, a group of Bon Secours employees started a scholarship fund to honor the memory of a teenage volunteer – and help other young people.

Amber Nease
Amber Nease was a volunteer at the Bon Secours Memorial Regional Family Center.

Amber Nease, who volunteered at Bon Secours Memorial Regional Family Center, died in a car accident last July. She was 16 years old.

“Amber was a very kind and caring young lady. She always had a smile on her face. She was kind to the children and enjoyed volunteering at the Family Center,” said Tami Buckley, who worked with Amber at the center.

Amber’s mother, Beth Nease, who was seriously injured in the accident has since recovered. She serves as the administrative director of Professional Practice at Memorial Regional and Richmond Community. She leads efforts in those hospitals to promote and support nursing excellence.

Amber Nease“We wanted to have this scholarship in honor of Amber’s life as she was a teen volunteer at the Family Center,” said Buckley.

“It was important for us to do this in celebration of Amber’s life as we work with children on a daily basis. The loss of a child is devastating and this was a way for us to honor her.”

The Bon Secours Richmond Family Centers raised $27,000 through employee donations and five silent auctions in November.

These efforts endowed the scholarship so that the interest on the money raised will fund the scholarship each year. A selection committee will award a $1,000 scholarship to a teen volunteer at a Bon Secours Family Center or Bon Secours hospital.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the fund, you may donate online at bsvaf.org/nursingexcellence or mail your donation to:
Amber Nease Scholarship Fund
Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation
5875 Bremo Road, Suite 305
Richmond, VA 23226