Lenoir-Rhyne University (LR) received a $165,000 grant from the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation of Atlanta, Georgia, in support of undergraduate nursing scholarships for the 2018-19 academic year.
The scholarship program supports undergraduate higher education for women with financial need across the South and maintains a special interest in the medical, nursing, and allied health fields. More than a dozen students from the LR School of Nursing benefit directly from these awards.
"We are grateful for the continued support of the Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation," said Lenoir-Rhyne University President Fred Whitt. "Their gift is truly inspiring and allows us to offer critical scholarships to women pursuing their dreams of joining the nursing profession."
Kerry Thompson, Ph.D., chair of LR's School of Nursing agrees that scholarships are important for LR students. "These scholarships help to provide much needed financial resources so that students can complete their dream of becoming a nurse," Thompson said.
In 2017, 97 percent of LR's nursing undergraduates passed the National Council Licensure Examination on their first attempt – one of the highest passage rates in the South Atlantic Conference.
"Nursing is a very rigorous, educational program at Lenoir-Rhyne and it requires many hours of study and application of the content within the clinical environment," Thompson said. "Many students are not able to work during school because of these requirements and cannot meet all of the financial obligations that they often incur. Thus, scholarships are instrumental in allowing many LR nursing students to be successful. I am very thankful for the generosity of our donors to help make nursing a reality for so many of our students."
Kailey Hinds, senior from Mount Holly, North Carolina, said the nursing scholarship has made it possible for her to obtain her education.
"I have dreamed of becoming a nurse since I was in the fifth grade." Hinds said. "I have grown up going to a Lutheran church and coming to events at Lenoir-Rhyne University, but I did not think at the time I could attend a beautiful university like this one because of the tuition. My dad is a Volkswagen mechanic, and my mom has been sick for seven years and unable to work to help provide for my two younger sisters and me. This nursing grant has not only allowed me to pursue my dream, but it has also allowed me to be in one of the best nursing programs taught by phenomenal staff and professors. I am forever thankful and blessed that I had this extraordinary opportunity to grow personally and spiritually. This nursing grant has changed my life for the better by creating a nurse and a confident leader within me."
Lenoir-Rhyne's School of Nursing is the first fully accredited undergraduate program at a faith-based college or university and is widely recognized as a top nursing program.
To learn more about LR's School of Nursing visit lr.edu/nursing.
The Lettie Pate Whitehead Foundation was founded in 1946 and is dedicated to the support of women in nine southeastern states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The foundation devotes most of its resources to the Lettie Pate Whitehead scholarship program, which provides grants to schools and colleges to be used for need-based scholarships for Christian female students. More than 200 accredited educational institutions participate in the Lettie Pate Whitehead scholarship program. Thousands of women receive financial assistance each year in individual amounts determined by the recipient institutions.