UVA School of Nursing receives record gift of $20 million
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia’s School of Nursing has received a $20 million gift to support the enrollment of more than 1,000 students in its programs over the next decade.
UVA said in a news release Thursday that the gift from Joanne and Bill Conway is the largest single gift in the School of Nursing’s history. Bill Conway is the co-founder of The Carlyle Group, a private equity company.
UVA said the money will be used to help enroll and support more nursing students across two undergraduate pathways: students who transfer into the B.S. in nursing program; and practicing registered nurses with two-year degrees seeking the benefits of a baccalaureate degree.
Because retention at the school is high, it has traditionally been able to accept only a small percentage of the highly qualified applicants who apply to the B.S. in nursing program as transfer students. With the Conways’ gift, the school will be able to accommodate a greater number of transfers, and develop and launch an accelerated curriculum so these students can complete their bachelor’s degrees in two years instead of three.
UVA said the school will also use the gift to establish satellite sites in Richmond and Northern Virginia, expanding opportunities for nurses throughout the state to pursue a B.S. in nursing.
The gift will also be used to expand the school’s Mary Morton Parsons Clinical Simulation Learning Center, which provides students and health care professionals access to clinical simulations to learn and practice care skills. The school is preparing to convert additional space to accommodate more high-tech simulation, nearly doubling practice space from 9,500 square feet to nearly 18,000 square feet.
The gift marks the Conways’ third to the UVA School of Nursing. Their previous gifts – totaling $15 million – focused on support and expansion of the school’s Clinical Nurse Leader program and established the Clinical Nurse Leader Conway Scholars program.