The Campaign for Nursing

Elaine Henderson and Scott Cheshire

Why we give: I wanted to be a nurse all my life/ Nurses give of themselves every single day

Elaine Henderson and Scott Cheshire
Sacramento State nursing alumni ’11

Elaine Henderson knew she wanted to be a nurse, even as a child.  And Scott Cheshire thought he wanted to be in business, but discovered his real passion was in helping people get healthy.

Both graduated from Sacramento State’s nursing program in spring 2011 and together, they are spearheading pledge from the Class of 2011 to raise $10,000 to support the nursing program.

Henderson raised five children and sent two of them off to college before deciding it was her turn. “I wanted to be a nurse all my life. It has been a long journey, but here I am.”

Cheshire graduated from Sacramento State in 2003 with degrees in international business and Spanish but later decided to do something he felt was more fulfilling. “I wanted to feel like I was helping people, and nursing was the perfect choice. Nurses give of themselves every single day.”

The idea of a class gift came during a casual conversation between Cheshire, Henderson and a few other class members during the spring. “We saw the names of supporters on different doors in the new nursing facility and thought it would be great if our name was on one of them,” says Cheshire.

He credits Henderson with getting the ball rolling on the project, and the class gift committee has already begun reaching out to fellow graduates.

 “Our class was a heavily involved in community activities, and this is just sort of a natural extension for us,” Henderson says. “We love the School of Nursing and the opportunity it afforded us.”

The Class of 2011 pledge drive is part of Sacramento State’s larger campaign to raise funds for the School of Nursing. To be part of the Class Leader Initiative, contact University Development at (916) 278-6989 or visit