A deep love of music and a strong desire to ease the burden of expenses for college students inspired Dr. Maidana Nunn ’57 to open her heart and provide a $25,000 endowed fund for Georgia College music students, known as the Dr. Maidana Nunn ’57 Scholarship. The scholarship is part of a matching grant for the university’s 125th Anniversary Scholarship Campaign where endowed scholarships are matched from $10,000 to $25,000.
Nunn emphasizes that she sympathizes for students who have to pay back loans. “When I attended Georgia State College for Women (GSCW), the cost was $45 per quarter for 17 quarter hours with a $5 student activity fee,” says Nunn. With no college loans to pay back and the state paying for her master’s and doctorate degrees, she summarizes, “I was fortunate, so I don’t mind helping anybody who needs help.”
In the mid-50s, Nunn knew the trajectory well of working plus going to school. She attended classes during the day, then worked the 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift at Central State Hospital. “A lot of the girls had part-time jobs,” says Nunn. Although free time was rare, when Nunn and her classmates did have time to spare, they reveled in the arts by listening to the Community Concert Series featuring three performances a year. The series drew in artists in from as far as New York as well as the Atlanta Symphony.
Upon earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science from GSCW, Nunn earned her Bachelor of Nursing Education degree from the Medical College of Georgia, a Master of Science from the University of Maryland and a Doctorate of Nursing Science degree from Boston University in 1971.
Nunn’s adventurous career began as a psychiatric nurse at Central State Hospital where she taught nursing students in the field of psychiatry. Then, her career path took off to new heights in the United States Air Force Reserves where she began serving at Robins Air Force Base. Nunn advanced to a flight nurse training program at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama after which time she spent 15 years at Charleston Air Force Base. It was there that Nunn participated in live air-evac missions—a fixed wing aircraft and personnel functioning as a hospital level of medical care—which took her to places like Panama. In 1992, Nunn concluded her vocation as colonel while stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base.
Now that she is retired, she expresses, “I am having more fun now than I ever had.” On a typical day you might see Nunn selling ice cream at Blandy Hills Elementary School, serving meals on wheels, volunteering at her church, serving as vice commander of the American Legion, helping with activities at the Georgia War Veterans Home or even attending a Georgia College music performance.
“Dr. Maidana Nunn is a wonderful supporter of the arts,” says Georgia College Music Department Chair Sergio Ruiz. “She attends music department events regularly, and we are grateful and honored to receive her generous gift. Her endowed scholarship will help future music students. In addition to her generosity, what makes Dr. Nunn truly special is her warm personality and kindness. She is a great person.”
As a consistent supporter of Georgia College’s arts programming, Nunn says, “I feel it is my obligation to society to help others.” Plus, she simply states, “I’ve always liked music.”