College of Nursing

Scholarship

Edward B. and Joan D. Quinn Endowed Scholarship

Brigham Young University holds a special place in the heart of Edward and Joan Quinn. Although neither of them graduated from BYU, all of their 12 children are BYU graduates and many of their grandchildren attended the university.

"BYU has been such a marvelous experience for all our children and our grandchildren," Joan said. "I'm thrilled with the moral values they learn, for the spiritual experiences they have, and the opportunities they have to serve."

In order to help others enjoy a similar experience at BYU, the Quinn's endowed a scholarship at the College of Nursing in 2008. The scholarship reflects the Quinn's love for BYU and the nursing profession. Joan earned her degree in nursing and blessed the lives of many through service throughout her life.

Shortly after Edward returned from military service in Korea, the couple was married in 1951 by Spencer W. Kimball, an Apostle for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the time.

"To have a successful marriage you need to follow certain patterns," Edward said. "Not that each marriage is exactly the same, but there are certain principles that, if applied, can be used to raise righteous and worthy families."

Edward and Joan's children remember their parents' legacy of service. The couple consistently served those around them, silently, with no need for acclaim. The children learned discipline, honor and duty from their father and compassion from their mother.

"There was a woman in our ward who had cancer, and my mother would go over every morning at 5:30 and take care of Elda," daughter Christine said. "When I asked [Mother] about that service at one point and commented on how wonderful it was that she did that service she said, 'Oh Christine, it's such a privilege to be able to take care of Elda.'"

Now, students at BYU College of Nursing have the privilege of benefiting from the Quinns' continued service.