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"On May 21, 1994, Mama flew to Madison from Memphis, Tennessee, to attend my graduation. I remember us feeling like it was her graduation too. It is a day I will never forget.

Shortly before the Lord called her to eternity, my brother Deacon Preston Johnson Jr. and I shared with her that her dedication to motherhood, the sacrifices she made for us as a single mother, and her faith in and advocacy of higher education, would live on in her name at Edgewood College. The Myrtis Nickelberry Memorial Scholarship celebrates her unwavering faith, unshakeable confidence, and unquestionable style."

- Dr. Odell Nickelberry, MBA ’94
Director of Human Resources, Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield

To learn more, contact Vice President for Institutional Advancement Gary Klein at (608) 663-6713 or

Painting of Myrtis Stampley in blue dress

Myrtis Stampley
"DIVA" Nickelberry
Passed away: April 3, 2015