Vicki M. Stogsdill Award

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To financially reward a UofL-Owensboro Student of Nursing for their dedication to learning, excellence in nursing practice and the courage to be a servant-leader. With acceptance of this award, the recipient commits to one year of employment with Owensboro Health to support our mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities we serve.

About the Award

The award consists of a $5,000 monetary prize awarded to one recipient per semester at the Senior Celebration held in the Owensboro Health Regional Hospital Auditorium.


  • Must be enrolled full time in the UofL-Owensboro BSN Program.
  • Applicants must commit to one year of employment with Owensboro Health.

Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must complete a Vicki M. Stogsdill Award application before the deadline.
  • Applicants must demonstrate excellence in nursing decisions and practice with caring and compassion, dedication to the profession and a commitment to community service.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a servant leadership style with an attentive helping attitude, advocacy for nurses and the nursing profession, and facilitate change or solve issues.

Application Process

  • Application deadlines are September 30 for a December graduate, February 28 for a May graduate, and May 15 for an August graduate.

Award Process

  • Recipients will be awarded at their Senior Celebration.
  • Recipients will receive a monetary prize of $5,000, in the form of a check payable to the student, upon presenting their certificate to Human Resources at Owensboro Health.

About Vicki M. Stogsdill

Vicki M. Stogsdill demonstrated dedication to her nursing career by mentoring nurses throughout the region for over 30 years. In the execution of her work, Vicki was an exemplar of integrity and led by example. Her contributions to nursing and the health of the residents of the region are numerous. Vicki’s dedication and servant-style leadership is evidenced by her history as a staff nurse, nurse manager of Intensive Care, nursing director of Surgical Services, senior vice president of Operations and vice president and chief nursing officer of Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. 

A dedication to learning is demonstrated through Vicki’s achievements earning graduate degrees in both nursing and business and AACN Nursing Administration advanced certification. She is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives, a Wharton fellow of the Johnson & Johnson Program for Nurse Executives and a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.  Among Vicki’s meaningful accomplishments are the development of a modern intensive care unit and initiation of Owensboro Health’s first Open Heart Recovery program. Her concern with the absence of pre-licensure BSN education options in Owensboro prompted an Owensboro Health partnership with the University of Louisville, bringing a BSN program to this region as the first distance learning program of its kind in the state.

Vicki’s leadership is evident in the offices she’s served for the Kentucky Organization of Nurse Leaders, the American Red Cross and Hospice of Ohio Valley. In addition, Vicki was recognized by the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce with the Athena Award for mentoring women professionals. 

Vicki is enjoying retirement after more than three decades of service to the nursing profession and to Owensboro Health. She resides in Owensboro, enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren, and volunteers as a master gardener, educating others on the science and art of gardening. Vicki continues to support the UofL-Owensboro School of Nursing, advocating the nursing profession and guiding students to servant-leadership in nursing.