USI Scholarship To Honor Halee Rathgeber

Just two months ago, Halee Rathgeber was found dead in a soccer complex in Warrick County. But in a tragic situation, some people found good. 

Friend and coworker Ansley Bowls says, "It was weird coming in here turning around, expecting to see her and then not."

The community came together to dine and donate to support Halee's family. But Rod Patmore took it a step further. 

"Just knowing we're going to be able to honor her for years to come and its something the family backs 110% percent," Patmore says. "I'm really happy I've been able to do something to ease the pain just a tiny bit. "

Patmore says he worked with University of Southern Indiana to start a scholarship in honor of Halee who was a nursing student. 
"We want someone to be really passionate about going into the nursing field and someone whose already accepted into the program and then we just want someone excited for the opportunity," Patmore says. 

"She loved nursing and I hope with that scholarship she'll be able to change the world," Bowls says. 

The scholarship will continue a legacy, and some friends have advice for future recipients. 

Bowls says, "Love people as much as Halee did, take care of them like Halee would, never turn your back to anyone."

The scholarship will be called Halee Rathgeber Nursing Memorial Scholarship and will go to a first year nursing major enrolled at USI.

Recipients will be chosen by USI, family and friends. 

(This story was originally published June 25, 2017)

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