For the third consecutive year, 100 percent of the new graduate students at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis pledged philanthropic gifts to support scholarships at the school.
All of the master’s-degree and doctoral students who started at the school in September pledged contributions to the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Student and Alumni Scholarship Fund, an endowed fund that will provide financial support in perpetuity to students at the school.
In fall 2010, the inaugural classes of nursing students established the fund with 100 percent student participation. The incoming classes of students reached that 100 percent participation level again last year, and now for a third year in a row. The fund value currently exceeds $129,000.
"The culture of philanthropy is alive and well at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and how thrilling that our students continue to lead by example," said Sallie-Grace Tate, the school’s assistant dean for development. "In this season of giving, it is timely that we celebrate this philanthropic achievement."
Students are motivated to contribute to the school because they recognize the educational opportunities made possible by the $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to establish the school, said master’s-degree student Kristen Connor, who helped educate her fellow students about their options for giving.
In addition, giving to the school is a way for students to express their support for the school’s vision to transform health care and to invest in the success of the school and its future students.
“I think it just shows the love and the dedication and the care that the faculty and the staff showed us from day one,” said Connor, who is a clinical resource nurse in the UC Davis Medical Center Emergency Department. “It really set the tone. We felt valued from the moment we set foot in the program. And that really makes a difference.”
The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis was established in March 2009 through a $100 million commitment from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the nation's largest grant for nursing education. The vision of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is to transform health care through nursing education and research. Through nursing leadership, the school discovers knowledge to advance health, improve quality of care and health outcomes, and inform health policy. The school's first programs, a doctoral and a master's degree program, opened in fall 2010. Additional students and programs will be phased in over the next decade. For more information, visit nursing.ucdavis.edu.