Dr. Gard W. Twaddle Nurses Endowment Fund

The Dr. Gard Twaddle Nurses’ Endowment Fund was formed in 1954 as a living tribute to Dr. Gard Twaddle, a highly respected physician in the Lewiston-Auburn area.  The fund was formed by a group of Dr. Twaddle’s professional colleagues as a tribute to a community doctor who placed people-patients, nurses he worked with, and the community members- above monetary measures.   Even after Dr. Twaddle’s retirement and then his death in 1970, community members have continued to make donations to the fund in his memory.  Since its inception, the fund has assisted nursing students for over 65 years and, over those years, has generously given close to 1 million in scholarships.  Many of these students probably would not be able to attend college without assistance from this fund.



Purpose of the Fund (to provide financial assistance to or on behalf of needy and deserving persons in the furtherance of or the continuation of their training and education for the nursing profession) 


GARD Scholarship

G   Growing – your talents

A   Aspiring –   your purpose

R   Realizing –  your potential

D   Dreaming –of your future


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Successful acceptance into the LPN/Paramedic RN Bridge Program.
  • Demonstrated financial need –
    1. Less than 10,000 EFC as determined by FAFSA or
    2. Less than $50,000 annual income as determined by prior-year tax return or a copy of the four most recent pay stubs
  • Good academic standing- Must maintain a GPA of 3.0 in order to receive subsequent awards.

Semester Based Scholarships

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Students will submit an application to be considered for the award.
  • The Scholarship Committee reviews applications and determines
    1. If the student has need
    2. If the student is eligible for Twaddle funds according to the scholarship committee’s criteria

Scholarships Awarded:

ACADEMIC YEAR 22/23Summer 22Fall 22Spring 23Total
Number of Awards1243459
Amount Distributed:$3,732$18,195$31,195$53,354
Award Range: $250-500 – Application Scholarships
Award Ramge: $4,551 - $17,004 – Full Scholarship