Barbra Welch Manning scholarship established at Northwest

The Barbra Welch Manning Nursing Endowment was recently established at Northwest Mississippi Community College by Joe Manning, Barbra’s husband of 38 years, and by Joe’s brother, Carl Manning. The scholarship was established in recognition of her contribution to the nursing profession through her actual practice and instruction in several nursing programs, and in appreciation of her life of dedication to her family and her lifelong services as a volunteer.

Manning was born on November 16, 1954 in Tishomingo to the late Hellus Greene Welch and Clifford Leroy Welch. Manning was a member of Tishomingo Baptist Church.

She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of Tennessee.  She also became a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner through advanced studies at the University of Tennessee.

Manning worked at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and the University of Tennessee Department of Pediatrics as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.

Manning was hired at Northwest in August 1985and retired in 2013. Sheheld the positions of Level Coordinatorof Fundamentals of Nursing, Level CoordinatorofObstetrics/Pediatric Nursing, and Student Navigator.

She taught Fundamentals of Nursing, Nursing Pharmacology, Obstetrics, and Pediatric Nursing.  She also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Tennessee, the University of Memphis, and Union University.

She was active with various animal rescue missions including the Denver Dachshund Rescue and Transport, Kindred Heart Transport, Liberty Transport, and Lou’s Labs.  She also volunteered at Hope Sullivan Elementary School in Southaven where she helped children who struggled with reading.

“Barbra was a lady who touched many lives with her kind heart and genuine concern for others. She endeared herself to more than 2,500 nursing students during her 25 years as an instructor with the Northwest Nursing Division. In addition, she gained the respect and admiration of not only her colleagues in the Nursing Division but throughout Northwest,” said Dr. Denise Bynum, division director of Nursing.

The Barbra Welch Manning Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to second-year nursing students enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing program who have exhibited a financial need.  It is the goal of this endowment to provide assistance to second-year nursing students who, without this scholarship, might not be able to complete the nursing program.

For more information or to donate to the Northwest Foundation, email Marla Kennedy at mkennedy@northwestms.eduor call 662-560-1105 or visit the college’s website at



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