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Taking Nursing Higher Scholarship Campaign

The Take Nursing Higher Campaign is a movement to raise $1 million for scholarships for students in the MUSC College of Nursing. The campaign is a direct response to a growing shortage of nurses, which will have an impact that will be felt at the bedside of every patient in South Carolina – unless we act now.

What shortage?

By 2030, one in five Americans will be age 65 or over. Of those, 80 percent will have at least one chronic health problem. Demand for nursing care will be at an all-time high.

Unfortunately, the American health care system is unprepared to meet this demand. Due to the aging of the nursing workforce and a bottleneck in the nursing education system, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a shortage of more than 1 million nurses by 2022.  In South Carolina, the shortage will reach at least 6,400 nurses by 2028.

What we’re doing about it

The Take Nursing Higher Campaign will raise $1 million to for nursing scholarships. We will use these funds to:

  1. Reduce cost as a barrier to a career in nursing.
  2. Encourage enrollment among minorities and veterans, both of whom are underrepresented in the nursing work force.
  3. Set aside scholarships for students wishing to pursue a career in teaching, thus increasing “bandwidth” in the nursing pipeline. How you can help

Make a gift online today. Regardless of which scholarship you select, all gifts will count toward the campaign total. And all will have a profoundly meaningful impact on the lives of our students and the people they one day will serve.

Your gift to student scholarships ensures that we continue to prepare the best and brightest nurses for their future in health care.

This scholarship honors Gail W. Stuart, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, MUSC College of Nursing dean emerita and distinguished university professor, for her life’s work and excellence in nursing and addressing issues of improving behavioral health and interprofessional workforce development through practice, education, research, and administration. Stuart retired from the College of Nursing in June 2018 after 33 years of service to MUSC in a wide variety of roles, including 16 years as dean of the College of Nursing, which she led to national prominence. This scholarship provides much needed financial assistance to graduate students who are pursuing their Ph.D. in Nursing Science, with preference for students pursuing combined Ph.D./DNP degrees.

This scholarship honors the memory of Dr. Ida Spruill, beloved College of Nursing professor emerita, community activist, nurse researcher, and former President Barack Obama PECASE award-winner. Dr. Spruill, who passed away in 2016, received many awards, including the MUSC Developing Scholar Award, S.C. Nursing Palmetto Gold Award, Trailblazer Award from the National Black Nurses Association, James Clyburn Health Disparities Leadership Award, and Sister Summit Legacy Award. This scholarship will support underrepresented minority students at the College of Nursing interested in serving vulnerable populations through nursing. Your gift will help us endow the Dr. Ida Spruill Scholarship and ensures that we can attract and retain diverse nursing students, a critical need within the nursing discipline. Please help us to reach our $50,000 endowment goal!

This scholarship honors Dr. Deborah C. Williamson, MUSC College of Nursing Associate Dean for Practice and professor, for her life’s passion and excellence in addressing health disparities and educating the next generation of nursing professionals. Williamson retired from the College of Nursing in June 2018 after 31 years and remains Chair of the College of Nursing Development Board. This scholarship provides much needed financial assistance to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students who have a confirmed interest in working in primary care with underserved populations. You gift helps us reach our $100,000 endowment goal!

By making a gift to the Veterans in Nursing Scholarship, you can help veterans succeed as non-traditional students after they have served their country. With the diverse skills, backgrounds and experiences they bring to the workforce, our veteran nurses help can make our communities healthier and stronger.

You may be interested in one of the college’s other existing scholarship funds. All are all in need of additional financial support, so we encourage you to support the one most important to you.