Many college students struggle with debt due to high tuition costs. Money is a problem for students, even with financial aid, loans, and part-time employment.
History of Gifts
This scholarship was originally established by Cindy’s classmates, with the assistance of many members of the local community, and her parents (Dr. Merne Asplund, deceased, and Mary B Asplund). Cindy graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor degree in nursing and a master’s degree from Marquette. Cindy was a pediatric nurse. She taught nursing at the UW-Milwaukee. She was the mother of two children. In 1986, at age 33, her life was cut short by multiple myeloma cancer.
Members of her high school class established this fund after her death. In the beginning, a scholarship of $1000 was awarded to a deserving high school senior. The amount of money has increased over the years, as additional donations were received.
Recently, a generous donation from the Nilah Nabor Bradford estate and donations in memory of Dr. Merne W. Asplund, the Cindy Asplund Memorial Scholarship will allow even more worthy high school graduates to receive scholarship dollars.
Nilah Nabor was the daughter of Fred and Mabel Nabor of Eagle Point. She graduated from Chippewa Falls High School in 1953. She was employed by Northwestern Bank in Chippewa for 4 years. She moved to California where she met her husband, Joe Bradford. They had no children. Nilah worked as a computer programmer for the City of Glendale. Nilah retired in 1993 after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She and her husband both retired and moved to Mesa, Arizona. In 1999, Joe became suddenly ill with brain cancer, and died. Nilah was in poor health, and subsequently passed in August 2002. A large donation from the Nabor estate was entrusted to the Scholarship fund. The Scholarship Committee and the Asplund Family are deeply appreciative of this donation.