Dr. Odell Nickelberry MBA '94

Edgewood College Board of Trustees, Vice President & Chief People Officer, Arkansas Blue Cross & Blue Shield

My spirit is lifted, while my heart mourns

On May 21, 1994, my mother flew to Madison from Memphis, Tennessee, to attend my graduation. I remember us feeling like it was her graduation too. It is a day I will never forget.

Shortly before the Lord called her to eternity, I shared with her that her dedication to motherhood, the sacrifices she made for us as a single mother, and her faith in and advocacy of higher education, would live on in her name at Edgewood College. The  Myrtis Nickelberry Memorial Scholarship celebrates her unwavering faith, unshakeable confidence, and unquestionable style.

And this year, in my estate plans, I created the future Dr. Odell Nickelberry Memorial Scholarship to support undergraduate students in financial need and to give back to a College and an education that has supported and enhanced my personal and professional life.

Forever together - in  the true spirit of Cor Ad Cor Loquitur (Heart Speaks to Heart) - my legacy and that of my mother's - will live on in each deserving student who benefits from our scholarships...today, tomorrow, and for decades to come.


Myrtis Stampley
"DIVA" Nickelberry
Passed away: April 3, 2015