Meeting the Challenge for Nursing

Two significant challenge grants are energizing efforts to secure gifts and grants for the new Isabelle Rutherford Meyer Nursing Education Center, and UMHB officials are calling on all alumni and friends of the university to help.  If the terms of the challenge grants can be met by the end of 2012, the $20 million nursing facility will be funded debt free—an impressive accomplishment in anyone’s book.

As of April 30, $2.6 million still needed to be raised to meet the terms of the grants and complete funding for the project. The facility is an important one for UMHB: in response to a nationwide shortage of nurses, enrollments in the Scott and White College of Nursing have grown steadily in recent years, making the UMHB program one of the largest in Texas.  And it is estimated that the nursing program could double in size, once the center is completed.

Recognizing the need for this facility, two granting organizations have offered challenge grants to encourage others to contribute to the project. In September 2011, a donor who asked to remain anonymous offered the largest challenge grant in the history of UMHB for the nursing education center.  Under the terms of the grant, the cost of the center must not exceed $20 million and the university must raise all funds for the project by December 31, 2012.  A month later, the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation of Tulsa, Oklahoma, also approved a $2 million challenge grant for the project.

“Together, these challenge grants offer our donors an unprecedented opportunity to leverage their gifts to UMHB,” says Brent Davison, vice president for development.  “Gifts for the nursing education center will be matched by each of these challenge grants;  in effect, the impact of each gift will be triple the face value of the gift.  Donors can give, knowing that their contributions will make a profound difference in our efforts to provide the facilities our nursing program needs for continued growth.”

To make a gift to the project, click here or contact the Office of Development at 254-295-4601 for more information.

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