Fam­ily do­nates fu­neral funds to daugh­ter’s class­mates

The Bradenton Herald (Sunday) - - Local - BY RYAN CALLIHAN rcal­li­[email protected]­ton.com

BRADEN­TON

Han­nah Nahrwold was the heart of her den­tal hy­giene class at the State Col­lege of Florida.

Her peers said it was her en­er­getic at­ti­tude and bril­liant or­ga­ni­za­tion that kept them go­ing day in and day out.

“She was al­ways sweet and al­ways had a smile on her face,” said Suzanne Di­camillo, one of her class­mates.

Nicole Garrabrant, an­other class­mate, agreed, stat­ing that, “Han­nah’s warmth shined more than all of us com­bined.”

For two years, when Han­nah wasn’t at school, she was tex­ting, study­ing or other­wise hang­ing out with the 10 other women in her pro­gram, said Han­nah’s mother, Nancy Nahrwold. So, it came as a crush­ing blow to both fam­ily and friends when she died un­ex­pect­edly last sum­mer.

While the fam­ily planned the fu­neral, they searched for a proper way to honor their lost daugh­ter. What they came up with left Han­nah’s 10 class­mates in tears.

“We were asked so many times what we would do for her, but we couldn’t think of any­thing that seemed ap­pro­pri­ate.

We knew that if we did any­thing, it had to be for you girls,” Nancy told the stu­dents. “It had to be you. She loved you.”

In­stead of hav­ing their loved ones spend money on flow­ers or other gifts, the Nahrwolds di­rected them to send that money to a schol­ar­ship they set up in Han­nah’s name. Their ef­forts raised about $10,000. Al­li­son Nash, the school’s schol­ar­ship di­rec­tor, said schol­ar­ships like these usu­ally only yield about $1,000.

Han­nah’s mother, fa­ther and sis­ter sur­prised her peers Fri­day af­ter­noon by do­nat­ing those pro­ceeds to­ward their tu­ition. Each stu­dent re­ceived $1,000 posted on their fi­nan­cial aid ac­count. Nash said the gift was timely, con­sid­er­ing that tu­ition for the spring se­mes­ter is due Mon­day.

“It’s very help­ful,” Garrabrant said. “I don’t get any fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance and I don’t have a job, so I’ve been pay­ing straight out of pocket.”

Nash ex­plained that board cer­ti­fi­ca­tion ex­ams for den­tal hy­giene cost about $1,800 and need to be com­pleted be­fore the stu­dents grad­u­ate in May. Den­tal hy­giene stu­dents plan on hon­or­ing Han­nah in their own way be­fore grad­u­a­tion, they said.

“Han­nah was a lov­ing, giv­ing per­son. She loved her class­mates and we fig­ured any money should go di­rectly to her fel­low stu­dents. We didn’t do any­thing,” Todd Nahrwold said. “We didn’t do any­thing. It’s just what she would’ve wanted to hap­pen.”

RYAN CALLIHAN rcal­li­[email protected]­tom.com

The money was raised af­ter Han­nah died in an ac­ci­dent and her fam­ily in­structed loved ones to do­nate money to­ward the schol­ar­ship in­stead of gifts and flow­ers. Each of Han­nah’s peers re­ceived $1,000 in fi­nan­cial aid.

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