Retired United States Navy Captain Creates New Scholarship for Nurse-bound Students

Posted on February 14, 2018, in Events, Organizations

Long-time Edinboro resident Gae Fuller knew by the age of five that she wanted to become a nurse.

She liked people, and more importantly, she loved helping people.

So it’s no surprise that she would dedicate twenty-four years servings as a nurse for the United States Navy.

Now, the retired United States Navy Captain continues to give back to her profession and community by helping those entering the nursing field. Fuller recently made a significant donation to the General McLane Foundation to start a new scholarship for aspiring nurses.

“I really would like to help General McLane students have the life that I did and be as content with everything as I am,” Fuller said. “I had a great life because I followed a dream I had set for myself as a child. I want to help make that happen for future generations.”

Starting this school year, the Gae M. Fuller Nursing Education Scholarship Fund will annually award a scholarship to a senior committed to becoming a nurse and who will be majoring in nursing at a four-year college or university. The student will be selected by the high school’s guidance counselors and science faculty.

“I really hope it goes toward a student who has a real passion to be a nurse, someone who knows that nursing is for them like I knew it was for me,” Fuller said. “I never questioned it, I just knew it.”

Fuller graduated from Edinboro High School in 1957, Hamot Hospital School of Nursing in 1960 and the University of Buffalo in 1971 before joining the Navy. She later earned her master’s in Nursing Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

She served most of her time in the operating room in a variety of naval hospitals, including ones in the Philippines, Virginia, Pensacola, San Diego, Bethesda and Charleston. Her final role was the Interim Director for Nursing Services at Naval Medical Center in San Diego.

Fuller is an active volunteer for many organizations, including the election polls, the Edinboro Cemetery Association, Shadbush Club of Edinboro, the United Methodist Church, the H.G. Gillespie Scholarship Foundation and Washington Township’s Veterans Memorial Park.

The General McLane Foundation was founded in 2005 as an organization exclusively for charitable educational purposes that will benefit the students of the General McLane School District. Each year, the Foundation hosts the Holiday Arts Fair and the Golf Outing – two major events that help fund scholarships to graduating seniors.