The late Virginia “Ginny” McAlister began her journey to become a Frontier midwife shortly before the home birth of her second child in 2011.  In July of 2012, Ms. McAlister was diagnosed with a rare and fast-growing cervical cancer. She went through surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and a multitude of other treatments that forced her to cope with the side effects of chemo and radiation.

Through all of this, Ms. McAlister continued to take classes at Frontier. She was mere hours from finishing her clinical training and graduating from FNU when her health began to decline rapidly.  More than 700 Frontier students petitioned the Frontier administration to award Ms. McAlister an honorary degree. She was presented the Master’s of Science in Nursing Degree Honoris Causa on February 7, 2014 and passed away February 8.

Thanks to the overwhelming support of Ms. McAlister’s fellow students, alumni, faculty, staff, friends & family, the Virginia McAlister Scholarship has been established at FNU.