In Memory of Alison Won

In Memory of Alison Won

The objective of the Alison Won Memorial Scholarship is to promote and encourage the development of undergraduate students in the fields of nursing. The scholarship was established by Alison’s life-long friend, Kathryn Harkavy Larson.

In memory of Alison Won, BS Nursing, 1987
By Kathryn Harkavy Larson, BSN/PHN/RN, ‘1987

“I first met Alison in one of the mile long book lines at SF State the day before classes began in 1984. It was serendipitous when we discovered we both were first year nursing students. From that day forward a strong friendship developed that would last almost 33 years, until she suddenly passed away in 2016 at age 55. Alison was my dearest friend in life, a sister to me, and an Auntie to my daughter. A thoughtful woman with an unstoppable enthusiastic zest for life and a whirlwind of energy at every age, Alison had a warm, winning smile, and a signature penetrable laugh. She was an accomplished multi-tasker and a patient listener loved by friends, family, co-workers and patients.

Like many of you, Alison worked hard and patiently to make her dream of becoming an RN materialize. During her senior year she rotated in the ICU at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). In fact, Alison would spend her entire 29-year career at CPMC and was a stellar and beloved nurse rotating through TICU, TCU, and Telemetry. The girl with the biggest heart became devoted to cardiac care. That signature smile of hers combined with her innate leadership skills reassured and endeared her to hundreds of patients and co-workers.

Alison’s proudest accomplishment in life was raising her daughter, whom she adopted as an infant from China becoming a single mom. A devoted tireless mother who enthusiastically ensured her daughter was exposed to and participated in many activities, Alison never spent a night away from her until the day she passed. Her daughter was then ten years old.

I know what it is like to struggle financially throughout college and juggle numerous jobs, while still working hard to achieve good grades and take pride in clinicals. My friendship with Alison, along with my wonderful and varied nursing career, has molded me into the person I am today. I am fortunate to have had both!

It is my hope that this scholarship makes life a bit less stressful for you as you pursue your passion, and that you will remember Alison Won as you embark on your nursing career.

Remember these times as part of your life’s adventures and make them memorable for you and others. Enjoy the learning process and life’s friendships along the way.”