Leone Deedrick Nursing Scholarship

In November 2015, the Deedrick family established the Leone Deedrick Nursing Scholarship with the Winona State University Foundation. This scholarship will benefit WSU students majoring in Nursing.


1. Each recipient must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time and in good standing at Winona State University (minimum of 12 credits per semester, Fall and Spring).
2. Each recipient must have a declared major of Nursing.
3. Each recipient must have junior or senior level status.
4. Each recipient must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
6. Each recipient must demonstrate financial need through FAFSA


Leone Deedrick was born on October 26, 1918 in Preston, MN. Leone graduated from Lanesboro High School in 1936. Leone went on to attend nursing school. She was a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corp and served during WWII. On October 1, 1944, Leone married Charles O. Deedrick in Spokane, WA. They made their home in Winona. Leone’s accomplishments include being nursing supervisor at CMH (Community Memorial Hospital) for 26 years and in the emergency department for 9 years. She was selected to Region 6’s elite “Sixth Group of Registered Nurses”, was on the board of the American Red Cross and American Cancer Society, and was a four-year member of the Board of Nurses that voted on the changes made in nursing care. She was one of four Winonans, who along with Dr. Minne, enabled Winona State to become an accredited nurses training school. In 1965 she traveled unaccompanied to Frankfurt, Germany, attending the International Conference on Nursing and went behind the Iron Curtain to view the ravages of war. She also traveled to Norway where her relatives told her of the German occupation of their homeland. Leone was also president of Gold Star Mothers for many years.

Jim Deedrick and Jane Rahman established the Leone Deedrick Nursing Scholarship at WSU to honor the work their mother did to help establish WSU as an accredited nurses training school.

College of Nursing, Nursing Department