Stanzel Family Foundation invests in VC’s Hallettsville nursing school

Joseph and Victor Stanzel are known worldwide for their success in the model aircraft industry. The Schulenburg brothers also had a passion for investing in the education of South Central Texas residents.

Victor Stanzel wanted to do whatever he could to ensure the region produced qualified healthcare professionals. He inspected several nearby medical facilities and chose to create a scholarship for Victoria College’s Zelda L. Allen School of Nursing in nearby Hallettsville.

Since 1995, the Stanzel Family Foundation’s Joseph and Victor Stanzel Memorial Scholarship of $5,000 has been awarded to the Zelda L. Allen School of Nursing to fund testing for students in the Vocational Nursing Program.

“Victor wanted to make an investment in an area medical entity and after visiting other facilities he concluded that the funding that would make the most impact was for the Zelda L. Allen School of Nursing School,” said Cyndy Reed, program director of the Stanzel Family Foundation.

“We are very grateful for all the Stanzel Family Foundation has done for our students,” said Michelle Hall, coordinator and instructor at the Zelda L. Allen School of Nursing. “The foundation’s investment has enabled our students to continue on their pathway to success in the nursing profession.”

The Zelda L. Allen School of Nursing, located at 1410 N. Texana, has provided nursing training since 1948. The school became affiliated with Victoria College in 1984, giving students in Lavaca County an opportunity to pursue a Vocational Nursing Certificate close to home.

A Nursing Pathways Information Night will be held at the Zelda L. Allen School of Nursing from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22. The free event will inform potential students on nursing pathways, including nurse aide, vocational nursing and professional nursing. The session will also cover prerequisite changes, curriculum changes, admission requirements, estimated tuition and financial assistance, with a spotlight on the Vocational Nursing Program.

For more information, call (361) 582-2545 or email