The bequest will provide support for postdoctoral students and full-time doctoral students as well as efforts to recruit students in the undergraduate nursing honors program and the Nursing Pathways diversity program.
Born and raised in Whitewater, Kansas, Zimmerman received a certificate in nursing from KU Medical Center in 1947 and a public health nursing degree from the University of Minnesota, and retired as a child health nursing supervisor at the Montgomery County Health Department in Maryland. Her father was a KU graduate, while her late sister, a dietician, completed her internship at KU Medical Center.
In addition to her dedication to her nursing career, Zimmerman was known for her volunteer work with the American Cancer Society, for which she transported patients to and from their treatments. She died in 2017 at the age of 94.
"These programs prepare future nursing faculty and nurse researchers to serve the state and the nation," said Sally Maliski, dean of the KU School of Nursing. "We are grateful to Margaret Zimmerman for her foresight and her support of the nursing profession."