College of Nursing

Alumni Achievement Award

The Alumni Achievement Award is bestowed upon alumni of BYU College of Nursing who have given outstanding (beyond the normal expectation) service to their profession, community, nation, or church. The honoree is featured in the annual College Honored Alumni Lecture Series and is honored at a special luncheon with the President of the University. The honoree is a guest of the University at all Homecoming events.

Honored Alumna 2015: 

Alison T. Wright 

Who Decided Dandelions Are Weeds?

Alison T. Wright graduated from the College of Nursing in 1975 with an associate degree and then continued her education to earn a baccalaureate degree in 1976. She had a life-long goal of becoming a nurse…she wanted to help others and as many of us, she wanted to learn to do the nursing skills such as “giving shots”… at the time of her graduation she probably did not imagine where her education would take her.

Alison is married to Robert Wright and they have five children and 19 grandchildren.

Several years ago, Alison and her family worked in South Africa with orphaned and abandoned children affected by HIV at the Mohau (mow-how) Children’s Center. For 3 years she managed every aspect of the care of the children. She was involved in the management of the center as well. By the time Alison returned to the United States, she had hired directors who were committed to the children’s welfare and the center was self-sustaining.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), recognized Alison for her “significant contribution in conceptualizing and implementing the U.S. mission’s inaugural HIV/AIDS education program.”

Alison returned to graduate school at Westminster College and became a nurse practitioner in 2011. As a nurse practitioner, she took on a dual role at the 4th Street Clinic in Salt Lake City. She serves as a health care provider and as an administrator at the Clinic.

As the Medical Director for Fourth Street Clinic, she has implemented healthcare programs which improve services for the homeless population of downtown Salt Lake City (16,500 receive services each year). She was an integral component in the clinic's accreditation efforts received from the AAAHC (Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care), which is one of the first homeless clinics in the nation to receive this recognition and accreditation..”

Past Honorees

  • 1995 Patricia Isaacs
  • 1994 Myrna Warnick
  • 1993 Rae Jeanne Memmott
  • 1992 Jennie Van Drimmelen
  • 1991 Chloe Tillery
  • 1990 Rayola Anderson
  • 1989 Lucie Ann Campbell Jarrett
  • 1988 Jewel Bartholomew
  • 1987 Rich Porter Dean
  • 1986 Sue Ann Christensen
  • 1985 Mary Ann Young
  • 1984 Susan Gardner
  • 1982 Mary Ellen Edmunds
  • 1980 Leslee A. Swendsen Boss
  • 1976 June Leifson