Increase of Generosity Awards Many Nursing Students
By Dede Remo
College of Nursing celebrates University of Arlington’s Twelfth Dream Makers Scholarship Luncheon to acknowledge donors who have financially supported nursing students.
Students who are selected by the College of Nursing Selection Committee based on criteria and GPA are invited to this event where they are given scholarship money for their studies.
They are expecting to award 105 students this year due to the amount of generosity and many sponsors this year. This is also the time where students and sponsors get well acquainted with one another on a personal level.
“Sponsors are given five levels and benefits starting from $600 dollars to host a table where they can become a $10,000 Platinum Scholarship Sponsor,” said Sandra Golightly, Development Assistant. Donors can establish endowed scholarships at a minimum of $25,000 that generates funding (earning of the invested funds) in perpetuity and others give annual scholarships (a minimum of $1,000). Scholarships amounts vary from $1,000-full cost covered.
“We have grown from 2012 from now. Money from endowment help award scholarships and it continuously grows”, said Karen B. Mullowney, Director of Development.
“Thank you so much for this generous scholarship! It was the most wonderful feeling to find a letter from UTA in my mailbox. My future plans include pursuing a career in Wound care nursing or surgical nursing. Your gift will be used to pay off the remainder of my tuition for this semester. I can breathe a little easier knowing that has been taken care of. Thank you so, so much,” said Stephanie, a 2012 recipient.
Ryan, a UTA nursing student’s ultimate goal is to work with children who have diabetes since he was one of those children almost ten years ago “My high school nurse also had a tremendous effect on my life. She made me want to give my life to helping others and I am forever grateful for it,” said Ryan. Ryan too, is a 2012 Recipient of the scholarship.
The Luncheon was created by Elizabeth Poster, Dean of Nursing to help students become more successful in their studies. Since nursing programs are known to be rigorous, she offered students the opportunity to eliminate working while allowing them to focus more on their studies.
Dream Makers raised over $2 million in scholarships since 2002, approximately 1,500 students have received scholarships since 2002.