The Lamar University Foundation has established a new endowed scholarship in the name of Amie Lynn Bean. The Amie Lynn Bean Memorial Scholarship will benefit undergraduate students majoring in nursing, part of the College of Arts and Sciences.

“This scholarship will help ease the cost and allow the students to concentrate more on attending class and making excellent grades,” said Cindy Stinson, interim chair of the JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing. “This will help them become better nurses.”

Amie Lynn Bean was the daughter of Raymon and Jackie Bean, Lamar alumni. The Beans attended Lamar from 1956 to 1960; Raymon was a member of Sigma Nu and Jackie was a member of Alpha Delta Pi, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Amie Lynn Bean, who grew up in Alvin, attended Texas A&M University, where she specialized in health care. As a senior, she was diagnosed with acute lymphatic leukemia. She died in 1991 at the age of 24. The Beans want Amie Lynn to always be remembered and hope this scholarship will pave the way for a caring and dedicated student to achieve their goals of serving others and helping those in need.

The JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing offers Bachelor of Science in nursing degrees and Master of Science in nursing degrees, both of which are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. The BSN program is also fully approved by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Stinson emphasizes that, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the United States is experiencing a nursing shortage. Further, the 2013 Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections cites registered nursing as one of the fastest growing professions.

“The JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing is very honored to have this opportunity to help meet the needs of the nursing shortage,” Stinson said.

For more information about the JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing, contact Cindy Stinson at For more information about establishing an endowed scholarship, contact the Lamar University Foundation at (409) 880-2117.