The Nancy Janes Boothe Scholarship Program

Boothe-GSSince 2008, Toyota has partnered with Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College and Gateway Community and Technical College to award a $2,000 scholarship to a female student at each school. These scholarships are designated for a deserving college student who exhibits the same qualities as the Outstanding Women honorees.

The three financial awards constitute the Nancy Janes Booth Scholarships Program, named posthumously in honor of Nancy Janes Boothe, the founder of the Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards program and wife of former Northern Kentucky University president, Dr. Leon Boothe.

It should come as no surprise that the Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky Awards were founded by a woman who herself was nothing short of outstanding.

Nancy was a highly-respected person and a pillar of the community. As “first lady” of Northern Kentucky University, she worked tirelessly alongside her husband to build the fledgling institution, championing education and contributing to the community.

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Though not native to Northern Kentucky, Nancy and her husband established deep roots in their adopted region. Upon arriving at NKU in 1983, the Boothes took very seriously their primary goal of raising the reputation of the state’s newest institution of higher learning and they quickly became fixtures at community events.

Nancy contributed to NKY and the larger community in many remarkable ways. She helped establish the NKU Friends of the Fine Arts. She was a member for the Wesley Foundation Board; member and honorary chair of the Interfaith Commission, raising money to help pay for the Interfaith Center on NKU’s campus; chairwoman of the NKU Women’s Walk, helping raise money for women’s athletic teams; honorary chairwoman of the NKU Women’s Association; and official hostess for the university.

She served on the boards of the Northern Kentucky Salvation Army, Northern Kentucky Hear Association, Northern Kentucky United Way and Community Chest, and Hyde Park Community United Methodist Church. She was devoted to raising the couple’s three daughters: Cheri, Diana, and Cynthia. She was a great lady and exceptionally hard worker, with a naturally generous spirit.

For her efforts, Nancy received a number of honors and awards, including the NKU Distinguished Public Service Award – which she received with her husband. In 1990, she was named a Cincinnati Enquirer Woman of the Year. In 1993, the NKU Board of Regents honored Nancy by naming her the first recipient of the Nancy Janes Boothe Perseverance and Accomplishment Award, which is now presented each year by the board. She and her husband received the northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Frontiersman Award in 1994. A Nancy Janes Boothe Scholarship was established in her honor at NKU shortly before her husband’s retirement.

Before moving to Northern Kentucky, Nancy was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. For many years she felt no affects of the disease, but as her symptoms mounted, she was open about her diagnosis. But she never let it slow her down. Her goal, according to her husband, was to “live life to its fullest and to be with people.” Like so many of her other goals, it was one she met with seeming ease.