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Amanda Howard Endowed Scholarship

To Amanda Howard's delight, she was accepted at BYU College of Nursing in 2002. A high honors student at Cimarron-Memorial High School (Las Vegas, NV) and recipient of the Nevada Silver Scholar Award, Amanda had a desire to make her life meaningful by directing her love of chemistry and healthcare to the study of nursing—an excellent profession for one with Amanda’s exceptional ability to comfort and befriend everyone she met. Her special love for children prompted a desire to become a pediatric oncology nurse.

Nearing the end of her third semester of nursing, and after many months of appointments with medical specialists, Amanda was diagnosed with Acute Lyumphoblast Leukemia. Chemotherapy and radiation treatments followed. Miraculously she was able to survive nearly two more years, during which time her spiritual strength never faltered. Amanda's passing July 1, 2005 precluded receiving a BS in nursing. She was awarded an honorary degree by BYU College of Nursing at the April, 2006 commencement ceremony.

In memory of their beloved daughter, Mark J. and Debbie Howard established the Amanda Howard Nursing Scholarship. Recipients are encouraged to exemplify Amanda’s talents and magnify the nursing profession as she planned to do.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard were called to preside over the Philippines Manila Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Manila, Philippines, beginning their service May, 2008.

In addition to Amanda, Mark and Debbie are parents of two sons and a daughter.

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