November 10, 2006

Nursing Scholarship Donors and Recipients Honored

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - “Thank you” was the overriding sentiment of nursing students who were recently given the opportunity to have dinner with the donors making it possible for them to pursue a nursing education at The University of Alabama. UA’s Capstone College of Nursing hosted a dinner at Indian Hills Country Club in Tuscaloosa on Thursday, November 2 to introduce scholarship donors with the student recipients.

Through generous scholarship support from many of the donors in attendance, the Capstone College of Nursing now has 20 student scholarships. "We are thankful for the financial support our scholarship benefactors have shown through the endowed scholarships they have established for our students," said Capstone College of Nursing Dean Sara Barger.

Tom Martz, vice president for advancement, served as keynote speaker and emphasized the importance of scholarships for creating opportunities for students to pursue their dreams. This year the Capstone College of Nursing enrolled nearly 1,200 students, an increase of more than 150 percent increase in the past six years. Despite enrollment increase, additional scholarship support has not kept pace.

As part of the university’s “Our Students. Our Future.” campaign, scholarships and a new building have emerged as the focal point for the Capstone College of Nursing’s current fundraising efforts. "We are committed to keeping the cost of a University of Alabama education affordable while providing our students with the academic facilities necessary to best prepare them for their future careers in nursing," Barger noted.

The “Our Students. Our Future.” campaign’s $500 million goal includes $250 million for student scholarships. The remaining funds are allocated to faculty support, facilities and priority needs. The campaign has raised more than $299 million since 2002.

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