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October 26, 2023

Yale School of Nursing gifted with $11.1M for scholarships

PHOTO | Courtesy Mags DePetris, Yale University Yale School of Nursing.

An anonymous donor has given the Yale School of Nursing $11.1 million, the largest gift in its history, to use toward scholarships.

The school plans to use the money toward its Community Scholars program. It will provide full-tuition to six students annually in either the Master of Science in Nursing program for experienced nurses or for a separate program designed for college graduates with non-nursing backgrounds who want to pursue a career in the field.

Recipients will be selected based on academic achievement and financial need, as well as their commitment to working with underserved communities and reducing health disparities.

Yale plans to match the gift with an equal contribution, for a total of $22.2 million.

Azita Emami, dean of the Yale School of Nursing, said the $11.1 million donation “can put Yale within reach for applicants who show great promise as future nursing leaders but who might not otherwise afford a YSN education.”

Emami said the gift and scholarship program will help address the ongoing national nursing shortage while also reducing the financial burden on students.

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has indicated that approximately 100,000 registered nurses have resigned in the past two years, due to retirements, stress and burnout, with more than 600,000 planning to leave by 2027.

Yale School of Nursing, which is currently marking its centennial anniversary, hopes to eventually offer a debt-free education for all students with financial need, and this new gift brings it closer to that goal, according to an announcement.

Other area universities have secured funds aimed at boosting their nursing programs recently. 

Earlier this month, the University of Connecticut announced it received $40 million, its largest-ever gift, which will support construction of a new nursing school, plus new nursing programs and scholarships.

In August, Sacred Heart University announced that a $2.6 million federal grant awarded to its nursing college will be used for student financial aid.

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