The Rev. Eldon K. Somers Nursing Scholarship Program at Springhill

Kristin Lupole, first recipient of the Rev. Eldon K. Somers Nursing Scholarship, hard at work at Springhill.

The Springhill family lost an icon earlier this year when the Rev. Eldon K. Somers passed away peaceably at the age of 98. Rev. Somers spent over 65 years in the priesthood before moving to Springhill in Erie, Pennsylvania, in 2009. His service was shared between Clarion University, Stanford University, Gannon University, and Mercyhurst University, where he continued working well into 2016.

With so much of his life devoted to youth through education, it is no surprise that Rev. Somers chose to add to his legacy at Springhill by forming the Rev. Eldon K. Somers Nursing Scholarship Program. This fund assists Springhill associates who are completing their nursing degree at Mercyhurst University. Rev. Somers partnered with Springhill administration and Asbury Foundation to establish this scholarship.

Springhill Executive Director Jim Schneider noted, "The associates with whom he interacted discovered that, along with his direct and witty manner, there was a genuine kindness and depth that was most charming. The entire Springhill community is honored and appreciative that Father Somers shared the last seven years of his life with us and chose to leave such a powerful legacy with the Springhill family."

To fund this generous scholarship, Rev. Somers named Asbury Foundation as the beneficiary of a portion of his refundable entrance fee. "We are grateful for Father Somers' decision to use this creative gift vehicle to make his incredible impact," said Asbury Foundation President & CEO Doug Myers. "Using his refundable entrance fee ensured he was not using income-producing assets to establish this scholarship and safeguarded his ability to direct use of this refund in a meaningful way."

"Rev. Somers was the sweetest man, kind and caring, always thinking of other people," said Kristin Lupole, the first recipient of the scholarship. She has working at Springhill since 2009.

Rev. Somers believe in faith, hope and charity and lived out his belief in every facet of his time on this earth. The entire Asbury family is grateful for this incredible man's service and his amazing spirit of giving.