Office of Institutional Advancement

Carl G. & Evelyn Ay Sempier Nursing Scholarship

A native Philadelphian who completed a degree in economics and politics, then realized her true calling was to become a nurse practitioner.

Carl G. and Evelyn Ay Sempier Nursing Scholarship

Carlyn Darby (second from left) with students Michele Freed-Madrack and Shelah McMillan as well as Jefferson College of Nursing Dean Beth Ann Swan, PhD.

A volunteer firefighter and personal trainer aiming to transition into emergency care.

An aspiring nurse educator who founded Jefferson Students for Interprofessional Education Grand Rounds, an innovative student-run initiative designed to increase the clinical relevance of interprofessional education for all health professions students. 

Three very different Jefferson College of Nursing students who have one important thing in common: they all received support through the Carl G. and Evelyn Ay Sempier Nursing Scholarship during the 2014-15 academic year.

Alumna Carlyn Sempier Darby, BSN ’80, established the scholarship in honor of her parents to assist nursing students pursuing a bachelor’s degree. “The Jefferson nurse is expertly equipped to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing healthcare system. There isn’t a more comprehensive or rigorous program around, and I find great joy in making a Jefferson education possible for students,” says Carlyn, who is now retired and remains intent on staying connected with the Jefferson community by helping students achieve their academic goals.

“I cannot adequately express how much it means to have received financial assistance at a time when I needed it most,” says Sempier Scholarship beneficiary Chelsea Gorman. “Mrs. Darby is truly making it possible for me to pursue my passions, and I am so very grateful.”