Faces of Change

Members of the Scokel and Honeycutt families and friends have endowed a scholarship in the UAB School of Nursing to honor two couples with deep roots in the Birmingham area. The Dr. Paul W. Scokel III and Mary Lou Scokel and William A. and Christine R. Honeycutt Endowed Scholarship pays tribute to these two couples and will aid nursing students for years to come.

“This significant and generous gift will be a tremendous boost to both students and the School of Nursing,” says Doreen Harper, PhD. RN, FAAN, Dean of the School of Nursing. “The students who receive the scholarship will be able to focus on their studies without having to worry about where their tuition money is coming from, and our school is the better equipped to attract the best and most capable scholars.”
lucas-sue ellen-01Sue Ellen Lucas, MSN, RN, had a nursing role in the pioneering medical genetics program launched in Alabama in the late 1970s. She was hired by Wayne Finley, MD, PhD, and Sara Finley, MD, as the fourth nurse to work in the medical genetics program that they headed at UAB. “I did not realize I would be working in an area that would represent the beginning of genetic education in Alabama,” Lucas says.

Retired from nursing for a number of years, Lucas is co-chair of the Board of Visitors that supports the UAB School of Nursing. She says her work in this volunteer board over the past six years has become a way “to reconnect me with my love of being a nurse.”