Mrs. Ferguson is the former JoAnne Hirzel. Dr. Ferguson was a long-term Associate Dean of the NMSU College of Education and also served as Interim Dean. He was on the faculty from 1967 to 1989 when he and Mrs. Ferguson retired and moved to Albuquerque. Both had health problems. Mrs. Ferguson, a registered nurse, received a Masters degree in Counseling from NMSU in 1972.
Their daughter, Mary Ferguson Bell, a resident of Homer, Alaska, earned a portion of her undergraduate education in the College of Arts and Sciences at NMSU, then graduated from the School of Nursing at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is married to Kevin Bell. They have two children, David and Keith Bell, the only grandchildren of the Fergusons. Their son, Neil R. Ferguson also attended NMSU before transferring to the University of Missouri, where he graduated in journalism and now resides with his wife Teresa in Austin, Texas.
The Ferguson-Hirzel Scholarship was created in memory of the parents of Dr. and Mrs. Ferguson for their unstinting and sacrificial support during the college education of their children. It is the intent of the family that, by means of the scholarship, young people for decades to come be given help in their pursuit of a degree in either teacher education or nursing. The scholarship has only those two reservations-that it be for future professionals in those two fields. All other criteria are left to the discretion of the respective faculties.
Dr. and Mrs. Ferguson will have no other tombstones than this scholarship. Neither blowing sand nor lashing rain can ever remove the enrichment the fields of teaching and nursing gave to their lives as those grandest of professions do to society as a whole.
Financial Need: Required
Class Level: FR. SO. JR. SR.
Required Minimum GPA: 3.0
Required Major: C & I
Other requirements: Faculty recommendation