The Paralyzed Veterans of America, WI Chapter scholarship programs were established to support individuals who are committed to providing quality medical care to veterans living with spinal cord injury or diseases. Our Chapter’s priority is to ensure the influx of highly qualified medical staff into the arena of spinal cord medicine and rehabilitation. Offering current and future veterans that are suffering spinal cord injury or disease would continue to receive the best care possible from the staff of the Spinal Cord Injury Unit of Zablocki VA Medical Center and other VA Medical Centers offering such care.

  • Four types of Bea Root Scholarships are available to individuals pursuing their education in spinal cord injury medicine in the following career fields: Nursing, Practical Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Recreational Therapy.

Application Procedures & Deadline:

  1. Applications for all scholarships to Wisconsin colleges, universities, nursing schools and educational institutions specializing in the areas noted above
  2. We are offering a scholarship, one time to each student, and is available two times per year, with the deadlines of April 1st and October 1st.
  3. Scholarships are awarded at a ceremony during a PVA Board of Directors Meeting.

*Bea Root Nursing Application

*Bea Root Physical Therapy Application

*Bea Root Occupational Therapy Application

*Bea Root Recreational Therapy Application

Kathy Welter Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Kathy Welter was a Nurse Manager (RN) on the Spinal Cord Injury/Disease (SCI/D) floor at the Clement J Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Kathy Welter, as a Spinal Cord Injury nurse, gained the admiration, respect, and love of her patients through her countless years of seemingly tireless hard work, dedication, and a genuine desire to make a positive difference. Kathy was not glitz and glamour, she was a “get your hands dirty and let’s get the job done” kind of person. She was a non-traditional nurse in that she had the heart and soul of an artist, was a bit of a maverick, and marched to the beat of her own drummer. The bottom line is that she got the job done, and done right. Shortly after her retirement, Kathy Welter was unexpectedly taken from us. Kathy’s husband, Gary Welter, and their sons, continue to honor her memory each year by creating The Kathy Welter Memorial Nursing Scholarship. This year is the last year for this program.  Below is a picture of Kathy’s son, Nick, and BOD president, Phillip Rosenberg, presenting a check for $3,000 to this year’s recipient, Ms. Catherine Thomas.


Scholarships are also available through PVA National: see more