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Barbara L. Plaugher Nursing Scholarship Fund

Barbara Plaugher Nursing Scholarship Fund was established by Barbara L. Plaugher and her family in honor of her over 50 years of nursing service to Blanchard Valley Health System and to Bluffton Hospital.

Barbara began her career at Blanchard Valley Health System in 1958. Barbara has held various positions throughout Bluffton Hospital during her career, including nursing supervisor, x-ray tech, lab tech, director of nursing services, director of patient services and registered nurse in utilization and review. Barbara has also worked at Blanchard Valley Hospital as the director of risk management and quality improvement. Barbara finished her active career serving as a coding analyst at Bluffton Hospital and retiring permanently in June of 2015.


Standards for Determining Eligibility of Applicant

  • Bluffton & Findlay campus nurses who are wishing to advance their nursing degree. The award is meant to encourage LPNs, RNs and BSNs in seeking further professional education through advancing degree in the academic field of nursing or healthcare sciences.
  • Employee must be an exemplary performer at BVHS
  • The scholarship can be used by Bluffton & Findlay campus nurses.
  • Award must be used within the calendar year or it will be forfeited. 

Scholarship Award Maximum

Awards vary

Application Information

All applications must be submitted no later than April 1. The applicant will complete the designated scholarship form. 

Apply Online


Notification of Scholarship Award

Award applicants will be notified in writing of the committee’s decision by May 31.

Scholarship Contact

If questions or concerns arise, please contact Karen George, chief development officer, 419.429.6422 or 419.429.6489 (fax) or We look forward to reviewing your accomplishments.

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