An east Texas couple has established an endowed scholarship at Northwestern State University to benefit nursing students.

Here's more from an NSU news release:

The fund was established in memory of Philip Richards and in honor of Kathy Richards Thomas. The $1,000 Phillip and Kathy Richards Endowed Nursing Scholarship will be presented to a student seeking a bachelor’s degree in nursing who maintains a 3.0 grade point average.

Donors Pat and David Sistrunk are originally from Shreveport, but retired to Tyler. David Sistrunk and brother-in-law Phillip Richards are graduates of Northwestern State. Kathy Thomas and Pat Sistrunk both attended Northwestern State, but graduated from other universities. A native of Jonesboro, Kathy was a professor at the NSU’s Shreveport Nursing Campus. The Sistrunks strongly support giving back to their community and education.

“When a student chooses to pursue an education, they give themselves the power to change their life,” the Sistrunks said in a statement. “We want our legacy to be that of helping those who come behind us.”

The first Phillip and Kathy Richards Nursing Scholarship will be awarded this fall.