Dorothea Lambert Memorial Scholarship

Dorothea E. Lambert graduated from the Minneapolis General Hospital School of Nursing in 1951. She received her BSN, including preparation for public health nursing, at the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1958. She served as a public health nurse in Tulare County, California and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania prior to coming to San Diego. She taught public health nursing at the Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia and South America through a Rockefeller Foundation Grant. It was during these two years that Dorothea became fluent in Spanish and developed her special interest in the Hispanic culture and the international health field. She returned to the U.S. coming to the San Diego County Department of Public Health in 1965. In one short year she was promoted to a Supervising PHN position. She served as a PHN Supervisor until she retired in October of 1983 due to her health problems. She had a long and courageous battle with cancer and died on March 31, 1986. Her many activities included membership in the U.S./Mexico Border Health Association and its nursing and MCH sub committies: she was a Health Advisory Board member of the San Ysidro Community Health Care Center until her death: for many years she was a member of CNA and APHA: and she was a very active member of the Altrusa Club of National City. She was interested and supportive of the binational nursing activities as they began to develop at the San Diego State University School of Nursing and participated as long as she was able. Dorothea was a very caring and thoughtful person. In her long career, she served as a mentor for many nurses who worked with her and students who were assigned to the South Bay Health Center. The richness of Dorothea’s experience, especially in bicultural and binational affairs, gave her a special place in the Division of Public Health Nursing as well as the many organizations to which she belonged.

To apply for this scholarship, submit a General Application.

If you do not meet all of these requirements in a given term, you may lose your scholarship eligibility and your scholarship may be canceled.


  • Recipients will have a concentration in Community Health Nursing.
  • Recipients must have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.00 out of 4.00, or the arithmetic equivalent.
  • Undergraduate students are not required to be enrolled full-time.
  • Graduate students are not required to be enrolled full-time.

To be determined by the scholarship committee.