Mabel J. Nixon Scholarship Fund


Mrs. Mabel J. Nixon’s faith in the Lord was a prominent part of her life and it showed in the giving spirit she displayed and her glistening smile.  She accepted the Lord in her life in July 1973 and was baptized at the Calvary Baptist Church, Ithaca NY, where she was a very active member until her passing as a Deacon-In-Training, Sunday School Superintendent, and member of the Calvary Choir.  She showed the love of Christ in her life at Calvary and will leave a major void within the congregation, especially in the area of hospitality and giving.  It was also important to her to have a way for those within the congregation to discuss personal health issues.  She really advocated for women having a friend or family member attend medical appointments and ask questions of health care providers.  Mrs. Nixon really had a great big giving heart.  If you had a financial or other special need, she would stop whatever she was doing to see that the need was met.  She also loved to study God’s Word and encourage fellow Christians to do so to equip them for living everyday life.

Mrs. Nixon was employed for almost 40 years in the Ithaca City School District as a school psychologist.  She will be best remembered for over 30 years as the psychologist for Ithaca High School, where she quietly retired recently.  Teenagers were her favorite age group to mentor and what a mentor she was.  She considered herself and advocate for the youth of the school.  She would not enable, but spread a firm and loving, guiding force in her style of nurturing the students.  She will be fondly remembered for her candy and bubble gum containers warmly greeting the students as they entered her office.  She would also serve tea and a snack for those who would meet with her.  She was a constant advocate for ‘the kids’ of Ithaca High for her many years of service.  She wanted to leave her ‘fingerprint’ on their lives as they made their way through the educational system.  She made a point of challenging the staff to find the best system to assist students dealing with physical as well as emotional issues.  Her encouragement to staff, in addition to the large student population of the high school, served as a source of comfort during times of trial and tragedy.  Her special role in the lives of the students was recently honored by the 2006 Senior Class of the African-Latino Club, a student organization of Ithaca High School.

Instituted in 2007 The Mabel J. Nixon Scholarship is given to a graduating senior of the Ithaca High School that has demonstrated academic growth, community service, care for others and the compassion and sense of community that best embodies the memory of Ms. Nixon.


For more information about the scholaship, please contact the church office below:

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