The Eleanor Joan Kellis Memorial Scholarship
Northern Arizona University
This scholarship will annually award nursing students from NAU’s College of Health and Human Services thanks to Joan’s devoted husband Jim Kellis. Kellis, an NAU alum, ’54 Pre-Engineering, is honoring the memory of his wife with a $25,000 gift to the NAU School of Nursing. Joan was dedicated to her family, her community and her lifelong career as a nurse. She worked in hospitals such as the United Mine Workers in Kentucky, Yavapai Medical Center, Tucson Medical Center, and the Santa Ana-Tustin Community Hospital in southern California. Additionally, she volunteered for the American Red Cross and the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Joan’s family ties to NAU reach beyond her husband Jim in that her father, brother, mother-in-law and brother-in-law all received degrees from NAU (or Arizona State College). Joan's life was full and spirited because of her enthusiasm to help others, and Jim knows that students from the NAU School of Nursing will honor Joan's memory with their outreach to those in need.