An Ogden native who never attended college has established a $250,000 scholarship fund at Weber State University to encourage students to pursue careers in nursing.

Darlene Hobson, 61, said she hopes her contributions will "benefit the local community and the individuals in it." The fund will provide as many as 15 nursing scholarships a year after Hobson's death, according to Robb Alexander, assistant director of development at Weber State. The exact number of scholarships will depend on interest earnings.Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of need and demonstrated interest in nursing as a career, Alexander said. Though Hobson never attended Weber State, she feels a close association with the institution, he said.

Hobson began her career as a checker for American Food Stores. She later worked in the store's main office. After American Food Stores was acquired by Smith's Management Corporation, Hobson worked in Smith's corporate offices until her retirement in 1988. The funds for Hobson's donation to the Weber State came from her investments in Smith's Management stock, Alexander said.