This scholarship was created to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Pauline Bruno. Born in 1922, Pauline Mary Bruno served in the Army Nurse Corps from 1945 to 1947, reached the rank of First Lieutenant, and later went on to earn her Ph.D. in Nursing.

She led medical-surgical and clinical nursing courses over a 20-year teaching career at the University Of Washington School Of Nursing She was an associate professor of Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems (now named Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Informatics) at UW and was an associate dean at Washington State University Intercollegiate College of Nursing.

Dr. Bruno assisted in the training of Peace Corps volunteers and contributed to several nursing texts (specializing in gerontology) and numerous articles. She was a consultant for the World Health Organization for Peru in 1967 helping faculty at the University of Lima. She did the same assignment for the WHO in Chile in 1970 and then in Sri Lanka. This scholarship supports students seeking an international experience