Local businessman’s donation establishes scholarship in wife’s name

When it comes to special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries and promotions, most husbands spend money to buy their wives something nice.

But one Seymour businessman decided to do something different to help his wife celebrate four decades of service as a nursing leader.

Instead of flowers and a card or a trip or a new car, Bob Poynter of Seymour has honored his wife, Vicki Johnson-Poynter, by donating $50,000 over the next five years to the Indiana University School of Nursing at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus.

The gift will establish the Vicki Johnson-Poynter Future Nurse Leader Scholarship, which will be presented annually to a junior in the traditional or accelerated nursing program.

The IU Foundation has committed to match the proceeds after each of Poynter’s $10,000 annual payments is made. If available funding exceeds the scholarship balance, the excess amount will be applied toward other nursing students.

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January Rutherford is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. She can be reached at jrutherford@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.