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UE receives over $3M gift to help grow nursing program

UE receives over $3M gift to help grow nursing program
Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 10:08 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - University of Evansville officials announced they received a $3.6 million gift to help grow the Lucy Kelly Nursing Scholarship, which assists Dunigan Family School of Nursing students who demonstrate financial need and strong academic abilities.

School officials say they received the gift from the John B. and Lucille S. Kelly Trust.

After marrying Dr. John B. Kelly, Lucy moved to Evansville and enrolled at UE for a nursing degree at age 42. She graduated in 1970.

Concerned about the nursing shortage and accessibility to education, Lucy made the Lucy Kelly Nursing Scholarship at UE.

“There was a nursing shortage before we even went into COVID,” Jerrilee Lamar, chair of the school of nursing said. “We’ve been working on growing our enrollment here for our students. What we’re able to provide our students in terms of their learning opportunities would absolutely not be able to occur if we didn’t have generous donations.”

Officials say she hoped that students in need could pursue their passion for nursing and join the field after graduation.

“Their vision was to make nursing education more accessible for students wanting to come to the university to have that remarkable experience that Mrs. Kelly had too,” Abigail Werling said, vice president of university advancement.

Students interested in pursuing a nursing degree can apply here.

Applicants for the scholarship must be in the top 20% of their class and hold a B grade average.

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