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Grant from Daly Trust to Fund Scholarship

November 1, 2011

Averett University is pleased to announce that a grant from the Philip N. Daly Sr. & Frances K. Daly Trust will allow current registered nurses to pursue a bachelor's degree without facing a large financial burden. The grant from the Daly Trust, which totals $30,000, will fund scholarships for career nurses to pursue advanced degrees.

"We are very excited about the grant from the Daly Trust and what this will mean for our future nursing students once the program is approved by the Virginia Board of Nursing," said Dr. Mary Condon, associate professor of nursing. "This grant will allow us to provide much needed scholarships, especially for those who are currently RNs seeking to advance their educational level with a bachelor of science degree in nursing. As the need continues to grow for qualified nurses, Averett is looking forward to helping prepare a nursing workforce for the region."

The University has embarked on new and exciting ventures in outreach to meet community needs, one of which is the expanded health sciences program. It has partnered with Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) and LifePoint to provide the opportunity for degree completion for licensed nurses.

Along with forming a partnership with DRMC, the University has received support from other area organizations in the form of grants - more than $2.1 million to date - for start-up funding, laboratory renovations, and equipment. The grants have also allowed the University to hire Condon as the chair of the nurse education department.

While there are several more pieces to be put in place, including approval from the Virginia Board of Nursing, the University is excited about the opportunity to facilitate career pathways for nurses that will not only lift our economic prosperity, but will increase the health and wellness of an entire region.