Dr. Carole L. O’Brien Memorial Scholarship

About the Sponsor

Dr. Carole O’Brien was born the first child to Henry and Mildred Nelson of Omaha, Nebraska where she graduated from high school and college. In 1958, she married Dennis O’Brien. She began teaching in Missouri and in 1970 began teaching in the Rocklin School District. In 1980, she received her master’s degree from Sacramento State and in 1989, her doctorate from the University of San Francisco. In 1998 she retired from the Rocklin School District and became a full professor at National University. Beside her family, she devoted her life to education both as a student and beloved teacher. In her 21 years with the Rocklin School District and her 5 years with National University, she shared her passion for life and learning with many generations of students.

The Dr. Carole L. O’Brien Memorial Scholarship was established to celebrate her strong presence in the lives of her children and the many people whose lives she touched. The scholarship is intended to aid single parents who are seeking to further their studies in the field of education.





  • Good academic standing
  • Limited to students accepted or enrolled in any major or program with in the College of Education are eligible
  • Financial need may be considered but is not required
  • May be enrolled full or part time
  • Must be enrolled at time of award
  • Preference for single parents