Part of NYU's $1 billion Momentum Campaign, the largest gift ever to an established school of nursing includes $22.5 million to endow a scholarship fund for low-income, first-generation college-goers with strong academic credentials. The remainder of the gift will be allocated to academic and faculty support. In recognition of the couple's gift, the school will be renamed the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing in honor of Ms. Meyers, who is a nurse and was the first in her immediate family to attend college.
Howard Meyers — a 1964 graduate of NYU's Stern School, an NYU trustee, and a member of the Stern School's board of overseers — is chair and CEO of Quexco, Inc.
"I am not certain I have ever been involved in a philanthropic gift that is more fitting and, indeed, more loving than this," said NYU president Andrew Hamilton. "In honoring Rory in this fashion, the Meyers family in a single act strengthens a noble profession; makes a nursing degree affordable to those with great talent and modest means; supports academic excellence at NYU's nursing college; and, most importantly, honors Rory's life as a nurse for all time. Thanks to Rory and Howard Meyers' generosity, generations of new students will join the profession, helping to alleviate not just patients' suffering but also the profession's shortage. NYU is very grateful to the Meyers for their generosity and for their faith in the College of Nursing."